Down in Akron, they're finally done chewing through potential jurors in the Jimmy Dimora trial; 12 supposedly diligent and upstanding members of the community have been seated to hear the case. Testimony is expected to begin this week. The court will digest the prosecution's considerable accusations against the former Cuyahoga County commissioner, who's reign allegedly included kickbacks, patronage, and sleazy hooker-sex. On defense, the Plain Dealer reports this morning Dimora's lawyers will likely try and pass off the free tiki huts and trips as the boon of Jimmy's friendship with contractors and others, not as wink-wink-nudge-nudge for county work. What the jurors won't hear? A number of select phrases Judge Sara Lioi has forbidden both sides from uttering in order to maintain impartiality. You might be surprised about what's on the list . . .
First, the language that will be allowed in the courtroom:
•county corruption probe
•county corruption investigation
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Words on the no-fly list:
•linking the investigation to Cuyahoga County reform
Okay okay. So some of those words are not like the others.