Closing arguments offered in Ohio corruption trial

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- The prosecution and defense have presented closing arguments 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 is 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 (http://bit.ly/wY5rxQ ) reports the defense team on Wednesday attacked the credibility of government witnesses. Defense attorneys said the witnesses testified against Dimora because they want reduced prison sentences in exchange for their cooperation.

Earlier, a prosecutor spent about three hours summarizing the case against Dimora and his alleged involvement in various schemes.

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

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