Convicted NE Ohio politician sues over prison fall

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.

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FILE-This Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010 file photo shows former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora talking to reporters as he leaves the federal courthouse in Cleveland. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 affirmed Dimora’s 2012 conviction and 28-year sentence on 32 bribery-related offenses. Dimora had asked the court to drop four charges and grant a new trial on the others. (AP Photo/ File)

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.

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.