Again, there's bound to be loads of interesting tidbits of corruption news today. All updates will be posted here.
Update: Here's uncut, complete video of Jimmy Dimora speaking to media. It's exactly what you would expect: seven minutes of pompous and defiant Jimmy.
Update: Judge Bridget McCafferty also pleaded not guilty and made some short statements outside the courtroom defending her innocence. Cleveland.com reports:
"I never thought this circumstance would arise," she said to the judge.
McCafferty spoke to the media outside the courtroom. Hilow was not with her.
She said she was "completely surprised," when she received a call on her cell phone as she was heading to work this morning asking her to surrender to authorities.
"I did nothing wrong," she said. "This will make me a better judge and a better person. "I saw things from the other side and what happens when someone is wrongly accused. It is a Kafka-esque nightmare of insane proportions."
Several time she said she had not engaged in any illegal or unethical activities.
A defiant Dimora said outside court that he would serve out the remaining 3 1/2 months of his term as commissioner but would take a brief leave of absence to resolve prosecution concerns about him supervising county employees who might become witnesses in his case.
"I'm not guilty and I'm going to defend it, fight it tooth and nail," he said.
Dimora attributed the charges to "a whole lot of people that got in trouble that made up lies that were cutting deals with the federal government for less jail time."
Many, many more updates after the jump, plus the original story.
Update: WKYC reports that both McCafferty and Terry will be stepping down, at least temporarily, according to the president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Update: Jimmy Dimora has pleaded not guilty to the FBI's charges. Bail was set at $50,000. He is taking a leave from his Commissioner seat and must avoid contact with other defendants.
Update: Here's video of Tim Hagan's reaction to the arrests. He's "surprised and stunned," which are two odd emotions to have over the news of Jimmy finally getting pinched.
Update: Absolutely wonderful piece from Henry Gomez at the PD laying out the rise and fall of Jimmy Dimora.
Update: NewsNet5 reports that Dimora and the other seven arrested this morning will be arraigned in court at 12:30.
Update: Dimora and others allegedly used a condo unit at Stonebridge as their personal playpen — poker games, drinking, and, yes, prostitutes. The FBI details a conversation J. Kevin Kelley had with Dimora where Jimmy was arranging to pick up the keys for personal use and Kelley says: "I still think you're crazy. I think I would wait til the fucking next day and just get your cock fucking blown." Oh, Jimmy.
Update: PE39, a female who was sleeping with Dimora back in 2008 and who Dimora worked hard to get a job for in Solon, talking to Jimmy about one of their hotel rendezvouses: "Fuckin' you is a wonderful thing." Really? Eww.
Update: Quote of the day from the indictment: J. Kevin Kelley talking to Brian Schuman about a funding decision by Dimora — "Loyalty makes up for brains any day."
Update: You'll see this video or video like it replayed all day, but it's never going to get old. Here's tape of FBI knocking on Jimmy's door this morning and then leading him out in handcuffs.
Update: Fox 8 reports that the indictment against Dimora is 140 pages in all and includes 31 different counts. Other names included in the indictment: Bridget McCafferty, Robert Rybak, Jerry Skuhrovec, Michael Gabor, and William Neiheiser.
Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora was arrested early this morning at his home in Independence by the FBI.
Multiple outlets report that he was taken out in handcuffs and chains.
Less than a week after Frank Russo was indicted on 21 counts, it looks as if the county corruption investigation is nearing its end.
Seven others connected with the probe, including Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judges Steven Terry and Bridget McCafferty, were also arrested by the FBI and brought in for booking.
Other names after the jump.
Prosecutors also filed charges against Samir Mohammad, a top aide to former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, union plumber Robert Rybak, Jerry Skuhrovec,who has worked part-time for the auditor, and businessmen Michael Gabor and William Neiheiser.
As to why these people were arrested today, one can assume that unlike the other people implicated in the corruption probe, they did not want to cooperate with the Feds. Most others to this point have pleaded guilty, rolled over on others, and otherwise admitted culpability.
Dimora, who has brashly maintained his innocence to this point, doesn't seem to be interested in such a deal.
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