Jury in NE Ohio corruption case gets weekend off

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Jurors considering the corruption case against a former Democratic party leader from Cleveland are getting the weekend off.

Former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County commissioner Jimmy Dimora is accused of bribery and racketeering and has pleaded not guilty.

Dimora is on trial with a former county employee, who also has denied allegations of corrupt activity.

The trial in federal court in Akron included seven weeks of testimony. The case went to the jury Friday after closing arguments.

A prosecutor recounted Dimora's alleged involvement in various schemes, referring to him as "king of the county." His defense team attacked the credibility of government witnesses, saying they testified to get reduced prison sentences in the corruption probe.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/A9pYsf ) reports the 12-member jury is expected to resume deliberations Monday.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com