Day 1 of Whittemore trial wraps up

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Updated: 5/15/2013 6:28 pm
UPDATE - 3:10PM - The opening statement has been given. According to our crew on the scene, government lawyer Steve Myrhe says Whittemore raised $147,000 through friends, family and employees. Myrhe says Whittlemore made a promise to Harry Reid to raise the money and broke the law to keep that promise.

Whittlemore's lawyer Dominic Gentile says his Whittlemore gave out money to family, friends and employees unconditionally. He says Whittlemore never asked or told them to contribute to Harry Reid's campaign. Gentile says most of those people considered the gifts and contributions to be insignificant and don't remember the details now.

UPDATE- Whittemore trial postponed and will reconvene at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Senior U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks granted Whittemore's attorney Dominic Gentile more time, because new information has come to light Gentile believes may help his client's case.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Reno opening statements have not yet begun. 

RENO, Nev. (AP)-
The jurors selected to decide the fate of a former Nevada lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid say they don't have strong enough feelings about the Nevada Democrat one way or another to sway their opinion in the case.

Five women, seven men were selected for Harvey Whittemore's jury on Wednesday after a day of questioning from U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks and lawyers on both sides.

Whittemore is accused of illegally funneled nearly $150,000 to Reid's campaign in 2007.

The first witness is expected to take the stand on Tuesday after lawyers present their opening statements.

Potential witnesses include Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Rose and Sue Lowden, a former Republican challenger for the Senate majority leader's seat.

Stay tuned to News 4 for updates in the trail.

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