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Friday, May 13, 2011

Frank Russo to Avoid Jail Until Testifying Against Jimmy Dimora, Probably (Updated)

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM

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Update: Via the PD: "A federal judge now says Frank Russo does not have to report to prison until June 30, and that the date could be extended again."

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It looks like Frank Russo's cooperation with the Feds in the ongoing Cuyahoga County corruption parade will give the former Auditor more time as a free man, and not just because his 22-year sentence is likely to be shortened after he agreed to spill what he knows.

Russo was supposed to report to federal prison by May 26, but prosecutors have asked a federal judge to delay his reporting date until October 17, saying, "Testimony in the Dimora trial should be completed by then."

Jimmy Dimora's trial is slated to begin September 12 despite his lawyers' attempts to delay the proceedings until December. The courtroom drama is likely to be the social and media event of the year in Cleveland, and with Russo on the stand, it won't disappoint.

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