The defendant's wife, Maria, and his father, former Common Pleas Judge Anthony Calabrese Jr., were present along with about a dozen family members and supporters.
Few defendants figured into more criminal schemes than Calabrese
later instructed Sinagra to kick back some of the money to two unidentified relatives.
was not engaging in any debauchery or Vegas trips or any other behavior that would jeopardize his
family time," according to the sentencing memorandum.
While Dimora and Russo were embarking on gambling junkets - financed in part by one of Calabrese
's clients - Calabrese "remains a family man, a contributor to the community, a churchgoer and a friend and supporter to many," the memo states.
negotiated a contract with the Staubach Co.
, which recommended that the county buy the downtown Ameritrust complex for a new headquarters.
The county bought the complex for $21.8 million, invested millions more in asbestos removal and a parking garage, then abandoned the plans for the building. (The county has since sold the complex and a developer is building a new county headquarters on the site.)
The other dropped charge accused Calabrese
of influencing the Alternatives Agency
to hire a business that employed an unnamed relative.
still faces unrelated criminal charges in Common Pleas Court, where he
and two other Cleveland lawyers are accused of attempting to bribe two sexual-assault victims in exchange for their requesting no jail time for the man accused of the attacks.
Calabrese, along with lawyers Marc G. Doumbas and G. Timothy Marshall, have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are awaiting trial.