RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Embattled former lobbyist Harvey Whittemore may be able to keep his law license until his appeal, according to a recommendation from the Northern Nevada Disciplinary Board of the Nevada State Bar on Friday.
A five-member panel unanimously decided that Whittemore's law suspension is unnecessary. In a released report, the board cites Whittemore's pending Motion for Release in federal court. The sentencing judge granted that motion, and stayed the imposition of Whittemore's two-year federal prison sentence, meaning it will not be imposed at this time.
The board said the outcome of the appeal may overturn the original verdict. “In light of the possibility of pending criminal discipline, it is the opinion of this panel that it is not possible to adequately determine what discipline is appropriate, if any, until Mr. Whittemore's appeal is finally decided. Discipline of a person who is later determined to be innocent is an injustice."
The Nevada Supreme Court has 30 days to decide whether to accept the recommendation or to decide another course of action, which could include continuing his suspension, or even disbarment.