Convicted politician sues Youngstown prison over fall

The state argues that allowing the interviews could give the inmates too much "notoriety and influence" among fellow prisoners.
The state argues that allowing the interviews could give the inmates too much "notoriety and influence" among fellow prisoners.

CLEVELAND (AP) – Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is suing the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction along with a company that runs a Youngstown prison where the convicted politician says he slipped and hurt himself.

The 58-year-old Dimora is serving a 28-year sentence after a federal court jury convicted him of more than 30 bribery- and corruption-related charges in 2012. He says he slipped in a puddle of water May 4, 2012, at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, a federal private prison run by Corrections Corporation of America.

The case was filed April 25, 2014 in Mahoning County Court.

Lawsuit filed by Dimora

A prisons department spokeswoman declined to comment but said the state doesn’t operate that prison. A spokesman for CCA couldn’t be reached Wednesday.

Dimora was hospitalized for his injuries and is now housed at a federal prison in Victorville, Calif.

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