Delay sought in Ohio public corruption trial

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Posted: Apr 25, 2011 5:44 PM
Delay sought in Ohio public corruption trial

A co-defendant in a wide-ranging public corruption investigation in Ohio has asked for a three-month trial delay.

The request was filed Monday in Akron federal court by a co-defendant of former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

Dimora and his co-defendants have pleaded not guilty and their trial on racketeering, bribery and other charges is scheduled for Sept. 12 in Akron.

The attorney for former Cuyahoga County auditor's office employee Michael Gabor wants more time to review 1,600 hours of wiretaps and prepare for recently added charges.

Spokesman Mike Tobin with the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland said there was no immediate comment on the trial delay request. The judge wants a response next week.

More than three dozen public officials and contractors have pleaded guilty in the investigation.