Ex-official in Ohio wants corruption trial halted
AKRON (AP) — A former county official in Cleveland wants the judge to halt his racketeering trial while he presses his legal argument that a second federal indictment against him amounts to double jeopardy, or being charged twice for the same crime.
Attorneys for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora want to stop the trial and filed an appeal Wednesday evening with the federal appeals court in Cincinnati. The filing came after the first day of jury selection in Akron.
Trial Judge Sara Lioi ruled earlier this week that double jeopardy doesn’t apply since his first trial isn’t finished. The government disputes the double jeopardy claim and won’t comment on the move to stop the trial.