Reno Jury Wraps First Day of Deliberations in Whittemore Trial

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

UPDATE: 5:15pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A federal jury in Reno has wrapped up its first half day of deliberations without a verdict in the case of a former Nevada political powerbroker who was called a greedy "ultimate insider" by prosecutors accusing him of illegally funneling nearly $150,000 in campaign money to Sen. Harry Reid.

Judge Larry Hicks told lawyers during a teleconference at 6 p.m. Tuesday the jury will return at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to continue deliberations about the fate of Harvey Whittemore.

The 59-year-old former developer and lobbyist faces four felony counts tied to claims that he gave money to family members and employees to make contributions he had promised to Reid without revealing himself as the source in 2007.

Defense lawyers say Whittemore is a longtime generous donor to many charitable causes. They say he broke no laws.

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A federal jury in Reno has begun deliberations in the trial of a former Nevada developer and high-powered lobbyist accused of making nearly $150,000 in illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid in 2007.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Olshan said in the prosecution's closing arguments on Tuesday that Harvey Whittemore solicited contributions from his family and employees then effectively laundered them to conceal himself as the real source of the money.

Olshan described Whittemore as the "ultimate insider" and "king of the hill" who never thought he'd get caught.

Whittemore's lawyers say the voluntary contributions were made legally and that Whittemore's only goal was to retain Congress members who helped obtain federal funding for a medical research center he and his wife helped establish at the University of Nevada, Re


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