Ex-Ohio official appeals bribery conviction

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former county commissioner convicted in a wide-ranging public corruption case in northeastern Ohio is appealing his conviction, arguing that his trial was unfair.

In an appeal filed in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Saturday, ex-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora asks that his conviction on 32 bribery-related offenses be overturned.

The 57-year-old Dimora, also a former Democratic Party chairman in Cleveland, is serving a 28-year sentence in a federal West Virginia prison.

In his appeal, Dimora argues that the judge in his case improperly prevented him from showing evidence to the jury that he never hid that he was receiving items of value.

The appeal says that Dimora disclosed the items in publicly filed ethics reports and that he should get a new trial.

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