Gov't: don't release convicted ex-official in Ohio


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Prosecutors are fighting the pre-sentence release of a former county commissioner convicted of corruption in northeast Ohio.

Federal prosecutors told a judge in Akron on Friday that they oppose a defense request for a hearing on whether former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora should be freed pending sentencing July 25.

The government says Dimora has rehashed the same arguments and failed to substantiate a medical issue backing his release. He's been locked up since his March 9 conviction.

Prosecutors say if Dimora was healthy enough to travel the roughly 20 miles from his Independence home to his Akron trial for two months in mid-winter, he's able to flee to Canada or Mexico.

The former county Democratic chairman in Cleveland could face 20 years, and prosecutors say that could make him flee.