Jury in Dimora Trial Deliberating


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AKRON, Ohio --

Attorneys for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora failed in their efforts Thursday to make several last-minute motions for a mistrial, sending the jury out to deliberate his fate after four years of investigation and seven weeks of testimony.

Dimora listened as government prosecutors put a punctuation on their case, leaving the jurors with a slide show of meals, trips and other gifts Dimora got, and asking the jury to convict him on more than 30 charges that include bribery, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, mail and wire fraud.

Most of Thursday's proceedings were closing arguments for co-defendant Michael Gabor. His attorney told the court the case was built on the testimony of people like former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, who he called "a person who swore to uphold the duties of the office of county auditor, a person who takes oaths that mean absolutely nothing to him because you know he was stealing from the people of Cuyahoga County."

Of one of the accusations involving Gabor, Lief Christman told the jury, "It's an incredible story. There's some possibility that it may have been stolen from some episode of "The Sopranos."

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