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Reno mayor may testify at Whittemore trial

May 14, 2013 • Business


Harvey Whittemore and his wife, Annette, arrive at federal court in Reno for the start of his trial, Tuesday May 14, 2013. U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks began questioning potential jurors for what is expected to be a two-week trial for Whittemore on charges he illegally funneled nearly $150,000 to Sen. Harry Reid’s campaign in 2007. (AP Photo/The Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Potential witnesses in the trial of a former Nevada developer and high-powered lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid include Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Rose and a former Republican challenger for the Democratic majority leader’s seat.

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks began questioning potential jurors Tuesday for what is expected to be a two-week trial for Harvey Whittemore on charges he illegally funneled nearly $150,000 to Reid’s campaign in 2007.

The judge asked the jury prospects if they could impartially weigh the testimony of a number of potential witnesses, including former Nevada GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden, who lost the 2010 Senate primary to Sharron Angle, the tea party-backed Republican whom Harry Reid eventually defeated.

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