Nevada jury still deliberating in Whittemore case
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.