CLEVELAND - Trying to defend himself against federal charges of corruption, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora said on Wednesday that he only followed and acted on the advice of his staff and the prosecutor.
On Thursday Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason told News Channel5 he doesn’t know what Dimora meant.
"He's [Dimora] obviously under a lot of stress and anxiety at this time in his life, we're transparent in this office and just doing our jobs, what he meant, I don't know," Mason said.
With so many county officials being investigated some might wonder how other political leaders didn't know about corruption. Mason said no one ever gave him a tip or information about anyone taking bribes.
"Let’s be honest, I'm the prosecutor, you think anyone is going to tell me? if they told me I would have prosecuted it," said Mason.
As for two county judges being indicted and suspended with pay, Mason said his office will review cases that went before judges Bridget McCafferty and Steven Terry.
But so far, other than civil cases investigated by the FBI with connections to Dimora, no one has claimed they were treated unfairly by those judges in criminal cases.
"We're going back to review their criminal docket but those clients and defendants have attorneys and they can let us know," Mason said.
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