The federal corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora saw additional legal maneuvering on Tuesday as lawyers for both sides were called to a hearing in Akron’s Federal Court.
The 1pm hearing was called by the federal judge overseeing the case, Judge Sara Lioi, to discuss motions filed by Dimora’s attorneys with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The motions to temporarily stop Dimora’s trial were filed on the grounds that the dual indictments he faces amount to legal double jeopardy.
A ruling on the motions by Judge Lioi on Monday has left the start of the trial in limbo.
In her judgment on Monday, Judge Lioi ruled that the trial be delayed until the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals makes its ruling on the motions.
Mike Tobin, spokesperson for U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steve Dettelbach, tells Fox 8 News in the event that the court has not ruled by Jan. 27, Judge Lioi ruled that her court will proceed with Dimora’s case.
Fox 8 News Dave Nethers reports that at the 1pm hearing attorneys from both side argued over the motions.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon criticized the filing by Dimora’s legal team saying, “The court said on Friday, no more shenanigans and that is what is happening.”
Bacon called the motions, “Frivolous”, and added, “I don’t want any delays in this trial, there is a delay, much to my chagrin, because of the motion filed with the 6th circuit. I respect that and I will proceed accordingly. I try to be patient and I have been very patient. We are doing the best we can to get this case its day in court.”
Nethers reports that federal prosecutors filed their response with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to Dimora’s attorneys’ motion on Monday.
A jury panel of seven men and five women were seated last week in the former Cuyahoga County Commissioner’s trial on a series of corruption charges that allege he took bribes in exchange for steering public contracts.
Dimora faces over 60-years in prison if found guilty of the charges.