Friday, July 27, 2012

Whittemore Trial Postponed

Source: Reno Gazette Journal
Date:   July 2, 2012
Author:  Martha Bellisle

Harvey  Whittemore trial on illegal campaign finance charges  postponed

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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