Corrupt Cleveland politician Jimmy Dimora figures someone owes him money for injuries he says he suffered in a fall in prison. But a negligence lawsuit filed by Dimora's lawyer last month in the Ohio Court of Claims against the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction aside, the agency doesn't owe him a cent.
Corrupt Cleveland politician Jimmy Dimora figures someone owes him money for injuries he says he suffered in a fall in prison.
But a negligence lawsuit filed by Dimora’s lawyer last month in the Ohio Court of Claims against the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction aside, the agency doesn’t owe him a cent.
The ex-Cuyahoga County commissioner, serving 28 years on federal racketeering and bribery convictions, says he was hurt at the privately operated Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown.
Dimora’s lawsuit seeking more than $50,000 in damages from the state claims that the prison, owned by the Corrections Corp. of America, “operates in accordance with a contractual agreement” with the state prison system.
The state has no contract with the private prison, said state prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith.
Dennis Lieberman, a Dayton lawyer representing Dimora, did not respond to requests for comment until today. He said if the state indeed has no contractual agreement with the private prison, he will dismiss the case.
Dimora, 58, says he was injured on May 4, 2012, when he fell because of a puddle of water caused by a leaking roof. He seeks damages including medical expenses and infliction of emotional distress.
Lieberman said Dimora suffered "pretty extensive" injuries to his knee and back in the fall, aggravating prior health problems. Dimora, who appeared in a wheelchair at this trial, requires surgery that has not yet been scheduled, the lawyer said.
After suing the state, Dimora filed a near-identical lawsuit in Mahoning County against the private prison and the Corrections Corp. of America. The company did not respond to requests for comment. Dimora also is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons over his injury, Lieberman said.
Dimora, whose bid for a new trial recently was rejected by the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, now is being held in the medium-security Victorville federal prison in California.
He was convicted in 2012 of soliciting and accepting expensive meals, home improvements, trips and other items, some as part of an FBI sting, from people seeking to do business with the county.