Dimora Defense Team Rests Case

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AKRON, Ohio --

The defense team for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora has indicated that they have no more witnesses to call, in essence resting their case.

The jury is not currently in the courtroom, so the formality of the defense team resting its case will take place on Monday.

The attorney for Dimora’s co-defendant, Michael Gabor, has told the court that Gabor will be calling no witnesses in his defense.

Closing arguments in the trial are expected Monday and after the closing arguments are made the fate of Dimora will then be in the hands of the jury.

Proceedings on Friday morning went on out of view of the jury.

Dimora's defense team brought in a computer expert that they first contacted just two days ago.

William and Andrea Whitaker intended to have the computer expert testify about a fragment of information that was on a jump drive taken from the computer of Steven Pumper, the former president of DAS Construction, who has testified on behalf of the prosecution in this case.

The inference that the Whitakers were attempting to make is that the Government somehow hid information from the defense, presenting only a part of what was in Pumper's files about transactions involving Dimora.

U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi appeared very upset with the Whitakers for waiting until this point in the trial to request computer evidence from the FBI.

Court records show that the Whitakers filed a motion asking the government to produce the hard drives of Steven Pumper as late as 8:25 am Friday morning.

Prosecutors argued they would have no motive to withhold information from the files of Pumper because the more information they have from the jump drive as well as Pumper's computer can only assist their case.

Judge Lioi appeared to have a problem with the last minute antics of the Whitakers, scrambling to try and get information which arguably could have been requested weeks ago.

The computer expert told the court he was actually still being briefed by the Whitakers in the hallway before the proceeding started at 8:45 am this morning.

Judge Lioi angrily sent the witness home without any testimony from him in front of a jury.

Dimora is facing the possibility of 60-years in federal prison on 36 criminal charges he is facing.

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