Sunday, July 29, 2012

Whittemore Trial Postponed


Source: Reno Gazette Journal

Date: July 2, 2012

Author: Martha Bellisle

URL: http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012307250178





Harvey Whittemore trial on illegal campaign finance charges postponed

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The Aug. 7 federal trial for embattled lobbyist-developer Harvey

Whittemore, charged with making illegal campaign contributions to U.S.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and lying to federal officials, has

been postponed. U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks issued an order

Wednesday granting requests by Whittemore's lawyers and prosecutors to

delay the trial until the end of the year or early in 2013. In a

motion filed Tuesday, Whittemore's lawyers said they needed more time

to prepare for the trial and prosecutors said they did not object to a

delay. 'The government entered into a stipulation with defense counsel

requesting that the court vacate the trial date and the date for

pretrial motions and set a hearing to determine the trial date,'

Natalie Collins, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, wrote in

an email.



The defense asked for more time to prepare and asked for a continuance

until June 2013, she said. 'The government believes that a June 2013

date is an unreasonable length of time given the nature of this case,

and will not oppose a continuance of a trial date to a time between

December 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013,' she said in the email.



Hicks said he would hear arguments on setting a new trial at a later

date. No date was specified by Wednesday. Dominic Gentile,

Whittemore's Las Vegas lawyer, said he was pleased with Hicks'

decision, adding that he is preparing for two other trials 'and it was

not going to be possible to be ready for this one in time.' Gentile

said Whittemore has continued to work in Reno, 'but he's not as happy

as he used to be. 'Other than that, life goes on,' he said.



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