CINCINNATI (AP) -- A federal appeals court will hear arguments Wednesday involving an ex-Ohio county commissioner appealing his conviction in a wide-ranging public corruption case.
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is asking the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to overturn his March 2012 convictions on 32 bribery-related offenses, drop four of the charges and grant him a new trial on the remaining 28 charges.
Dimora, a former Democratic Party chairman in Cleveland, is serving a 28-year sentence in a West Virginia prison.
His trial capped an investigation that led to more than 50 convictions involving county officials, employees and contractors who prosecutors say traded bribes for government jobs and contracts.
Dimora argues that the items he received were gifts, not bribes, and that he never tried to hide them.