CLEVELAND- Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is asking for help from the highest office in the land.
Dimora is serving his 28-year sentence at the federal correctional institution in Victorville, California. The ex-commissioner denied any wrongdoing, but was convicted of more than 30 corruption-related charges in 2012.
Dimora is now requesting clemency from President Barack Obama.
“I can confirm that the department has received a clemency application regarding Mr. Dimora,” said Dena W. Iverson, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney, the President has the ability to extend clemency for federal criminal offenses.
“This request would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic,” said Mike Tobin, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven Dettelbach.
Attorneys for Dimora have filed several appeals, including on with the U.S. Supreme Court last summer.
The wide-reaching county corruption investigation began in 2007, and netted politicians, judges and local contractors.