Lawyer of Reno Doctor Seeks NV First Lady Testimony

A lawyer for a Reno doctor accused of trafficking illegal human growth hormone to patients is trying to force Nevada first lady Dawn Gibbons to testify in a federal trial that he claims stems from a politically motivated prosecution.

Testimony continued in federal court in Reno today in the trial of Dr. James W. Forsythe, husband of former Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Earlene Forsythe.

The homeopathic physician is accused of twice selling vials of Bio-Tropin to an undercover Food and Drug Administration agent in 2004.

Kevin Mirch, the doctor's lawyer, won't offer any details.

But he told The Associated Press today the motivation for the prosecution is, in his words, "political."

Mirch says an explanation will be forthcoming as the trial continues into next week.

He confirmed Dawn Gibbons is on a list of at least 35 witnesses he has subpoenaed to testify during the trial.

But he declined to comment on why she was chosen.

Earlene Forsythe was head of the state GOP when Gibbons launched her campaign for the congressional seat held by her husband, Jim Gibbons, who was elected governor in 2006.

Dean Heller ended up winning the contentious Republican primary for the House seat.


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