Jury gets Cleveland ex-official's corruption case

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Jurors have begun considering the corruption case against 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.

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

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/zvpPiV ) reports the case went to the jury Friday after both sides presented closing arguments.

A prosecutor had recounted Dimora's alleged involvement in various schemes, referring to him as "the king of the county." His defense team attacked the credibility of government witnesses, saying they testified to get reduced prison sentences.

Jurors were expected to return Friday.

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