AKRON, Ohio – A federal judge has denied former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora’s motion to suppress evidence in his upcoming trial.
On Wednsday, Judge Sara Lioi ruled against the motion in Dimora’s case with codefendant Michael Gabor. Among the evidence Dimora’s defense team was hoping to keep out of court were items taken during searches of his home and office, as well as wiretaps.
Dimora is accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for contracts with the county. His trial is set to begin on Jan. 4. Prosecutors said there will be about 1,000 exhibits introduced during the trial, plus 40,000 wire taps.
Earlier this month, Judge Lioi also denied Dimora’s motions to consolidate his two cases related to the ongoing Cuyahoga county corruption investigation. In March, Dimora was indicted on another set of charges with codefendant and electrical contractor Michael Forlani.
According to federal prosecutors, almost 60 people, including judge, public officials and contractors, have been indicted in this investigation. Dimora has maintained his innocence, while several others have taken plea agreements.