Dimora Attorneys Fighting Against Release of Trial Exhibits, Evidence (Updated)




Update II: Set your alarm clocks, friends. 9:30 a.m. sharp tomorrow morning is when the Fed's evidence against Dimora will be released, including the super-scandalous D-cup pictures from the trip to Las Vegas where Jimmy got a talkative hooker and complained about it.

We're seriously excited.


Update: Some of the Fed's evidence against Jimmy Dimora will be made public. Sadly, it doesn't look like a sex tape is on the list.

Judge Lioi ruled that photos of Dimora's backyard — including his pool, which was the "love of his life" — can be shown, as well as some snaps from the famous Dimora Gone Wild weekend in Vegas. One change: the hooker's license plate and address will be blurred.

Via 19 Action News:

Dimora has opposed several of the Government's exhibits, saying the evidence poses a risk for jury taint in his second corruption trial set for October.

Jury taint is the worst kind of taint.

Dimora fought the release of the Las Vegas pictures saying, the "salacious nature of these photographs will be exploited by the media."

Scout's honor, pinky swear, we absolutely promise: we will exploit the salacious nature of the photographs. You have our word.


There are reams of wiretap conversations, photos of Dimora and teammates on the Cuyahoga County Corruption All Stars at a pool in Las Vegas, and more, all used as evidence during Big Jimmy's first trial.

A second one awaits.

Judge Lioi had previously ruled that some exhibits, recordings, and snapshot entries into Dimora's scrapbook of debauchery wouldn't be released immediately, but would be eventually. The Feds had detailed a list of items that they felt should be made public soon, regardless of the second turn through an Akron Federal court waiting down the line.

Now Dimora's lawyer team is arguing that the items, specifically photos from Vegas which they deemed "salacious," shouldn't be released at all because they would prejudice future jury pools.

We're guessing they're protecting the public from seeing Dimora without a shirt on, but that's just our guess.

The Plain Dealer reports:

Whitaker's latest motion contends the media will exploit "the salacious nature" of the Las Vegas photos. One of them, which prosecutors believe should be disclosed in a redacted form, is of Dimora and his associates exiting the "Bare Pool" at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.

Whitaker also objects to releasing photos of Dimora's home, including some images of improvements to his backyard.

Another exhibit designated for release, but tagged for redaction, includes the driver's license photo of a woman prosecutors identified as a prostitute who had sex with Dimora while in Las Vegas.

There's still hope that the wiretaps emerge from lock and key someday, and with all due respect to the FBI shots of topless Jimmy beaching himself on the side of a Vegas pool, that's where the real entertainment lies.

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