Closing arguments begin in Ohio corruption trial


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Closing statements have begun in the corruption trial of a former Democratic party leader and county official from Cleveland.

Former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County commissioner Jimmy Dimora was accused of bribery and racketeering and has pleaded not guilty. His trial in federal court in Akron has included more than seven weeks of testimony.

The Plain Dealer newspaper ( ) reports a prosecutor spent about three hours Wednesday summarizing the case against Dimora and his alleged involvement in various schemes. Assistant U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon called Dimora "the king of the county" and addressed each of the three dozen charges he faces.

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


Information from: The Plain Dealer,