Defense rests case in ex-commissioner's Ohio trial

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Lawyers for a former political power broker on trial for public corruption in northeast Ohio have rested their case without having their client take the stand.

Jimmy Dimora is a former commissioner and Democratic chairman from Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County. He was accused of bribery and racketeering and has pleaded not guilty.

The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/ygaLvC ) reports Dimora did not testify before his attorneys wrapped up their defense Friday in federal court in Akron. A former county worker who is a co-defendant in the case also did not testify.

It brought an end to seven weeks of testimony from a total of more than 70 people.

Lawyers for both sides are expected to present closing arguments in the case this week.

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