RENO, Nev. (AP) - A civil battle involving Nevada casino
interests and a lobbyist indicted on campaign-related charges is on
hold after the presiding judge disclosed potential conflicts of
U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks told lawyers for lobbyist Harvey
Whittemore and defendant Albert Seeno Jr. Thursday he's confident
he can be fair and impartial.
But he conditionally recused himself for at least a week so they
can decide whether he should continue after disclosing past
business and family relationships.
Ex-business partners Whittemore and Seeno accuse each other of
defrauding the other out of millions.
Hicks says both may have had an interest in a loan he once got
for a Las Vegas condo. He's known Whittemore 20 years and his
brother is a partner at a law firm that has represented the Seenos.