The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and sentence of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.


The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and sentence of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

In a decision filed this morning, the three-judge panel also upheld the conviction and sentence of Michael Gabor.

Dimora had asked the court to drop four charges and grant a new trial on the others. His attorney argued the judge should have allowed jurors to see ethics reports that the attorney said would prove Dimora received gifts and not bribes.

The three-judge appeals panel found the reports wouldn't have mattered because the evidence against the former Democratic party chairman was "overwhelming."

Following the decision, Assistant US Attorneys Antoinette T. Bacon and Ann C. Rowland released this statement:

"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."

Dimora is serving a 28-year prison term after a 2012 conviction on 31 corruption charges. He has been moved to the federal prison in Victorville, California. Gabor is serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison for his conviction.

Dimora, 58, of Independence, was moved March 14 from the Gilmer federal prison in Glenville,West Virginia to the medium security federal correctional institution in Victorville, California.

A U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman declined to cite the reason for the move but said inmates are moved for a variety of reasons, including judicial requests, security, special medical needs, psychological issues the inmate's protection or a disciplinary reason.

He and Gabor, 54, of Parma, appealed their convictions on March 30, 2013. Oral arguments were heard on March 12 in Cincinnati. Gabor remains in FCI Elkton, in Lisbon, Ohio.

Dimora's release date, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, is Aug. 21, 2036. Gabor's release date is Dec. 19, 2020.

The Victorville facility houses a total of 1, 916 inmates (all men) and is located in San Bernadino County about 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

In his appeal, Dimora was represented by attorney Christian Grostic.

On March 9, 2012, following a seven-week trial, a jury found Dimora guilty. He was also the chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi.

Dimora also has several health issues, according to his trial attorney Bill Whitaker, including sleep apnea (which requires him to wear a breathing mask to help him sleep), vertigo brought on by Meniere's disease (an inner-ear disorder), phlebitis (an often painful condition that causes swollen ankles), high blood pressure (requiring daily medication) and a painful right knee caused by deterioration of the meniscus.

Dimora also suffered a concussion in mid-May 2012 when he fell while being held in federal prison in Youngstown.

The three-judge appeals panel that heard the appeals were Senior Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, Judge Jeffrey Sutton and Judge Richard Allen Griffin.

Contributing: AP

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