Ohio corruption verdict caps long-running case

THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press Published:

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A former powerbroker in Ohio has been convicted in a corruption case that led to changes in the Cleveland-area political system.

A federal court jury in Akron convicted former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora of 33 counts Friday, including racketeering and bribery. He was acquitted of one mail fraud count.

Dimora once led the powerful Democratic Party in Cleveland. The corruption investigation helped fuel a public vote that replaced the three-commissioner county government in Cleveland with a county executive and elected council.

The verdict caps a federal investigation that led to more than 50 convictions involving county officials, employees and contractors who traded bribes for government jobs and contracts.