Reprieve sought for Ohio corruption trial witness

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- The government wants another prison reprieve for its star witness at a public corruption trial in northeast Ohio.

Prosecutors asked a federal judge late Monday night to postpone the Feb. 29 prison reporting date for former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Auditor Frank Russo.

The government wants him available to testify at the Akron trial of former county Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, his longtime friend and Democratic ally. Dimora has pleaded not guilty to bribery and racketeering. His trial began last month.

Prosecutors say Russo's testimony also is needed at other trials, including one beginning in June.

Russo has remained free since his guilty plea to bribery in 2010. He was sentenced to nearly 22 years and hopes to trim his sentence with his testimony.