CINCINNATI -- The Fox 8 I-Team has learned former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora's conviction and sentence have been upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
A federal jury in Akron found Dimora guilty of more than 30 corruption-related charges in March 2012.
Dimora, who is a serving a 28-year prison term, based his appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on his claim that the trial judge made a mistake, when she prevented him from presenting his disclosure forms from the Ohio Ethics Commission to the jury.
Dimora's appellate attorney in March told a panel of three judges that Dimora did not attempt to conceal his relationships with the people he was convicted of accepting the bribes from.
During Dimora’s trial, U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi initially ruled that Dimora’s attorneys could introduce the ethics reports, but after the defense told the jury in opening arguments that they would see the reports during the trial, the judge later changed her mind, and excluded them.
In response to Dimora’s claim that the ethics reports might have led to his acquittal, Assistant U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon told the court of appeals there was a mountain of evidence and testimony about Dimora’s corrupt activities, and that the reports never revealed exactly what he was receiving from contractors and his political cronies.
Bacon released a comment on the ruling Wednesday, saying, "This opinion confirms that Dimora and Gabor received fair trials, and the jury’s verdict was supported by overwhelming evidence of their greed and corruption."
Michael Gabor, a former auditor’s office employee with the Weights & Measurement Department, was found guilty on nine of 10 corruption-related crimes, including accepting bribes.
Two judges supported the conviction and sentence and one dissented.
Dimora was being housed at FCI Victorville Medium II in Victorville, Ca.
His release date was scheduled for Aug. 21, 2036.