CLEVELAND - Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to review his 2012 conviction on bribery and corruption charges.
Last April, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction and Dimora is now asking the Supreme Court to review his case to ultimately decide if particular legal standard was properly used in upholding his conviction.
The Sixth Circuit ruled that while the trial judge did err by excluding state ethic reports from being shown to the jury, it was "more probable than not" that Dimora would still have been convicted given the entire weight of evidence introduced in the case.
In court documents, Dimora's attorneys say the question for the Supreme Court to decide is "whether the majority erred in deciding that a non-constitutional error in a criminal case was harmless" by applying the "more probable than not" standard.
Dimora argues that it is "more than likely the jury would have found his ethics reports were helpful to him rather than harmful."
The Supreme Court must now decide if it will accept the case.