Ex-Ohio official wants conviction thrown out

AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Attorneys for a former Ohio county commissioner serving 28 years in prison are asking a federal appeals court to overturn his client's conviction in a wide-ranging public corruption case.

Attorneys for ex-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora (dih-MOR'-ah) argue his convictions should be thrown out because the judge in the case wrongly refused to allow jurors to see Dimora's ethics reports.

They say the reports prove that items Dimora received were gifts, not bribes, and that he wasn't hiding anything.

The arguments came before a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the reports were incomplete and reported only relationships with people who were bribing Dimora, not details or dollar figures.

The judges could rule at any time.

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