Disciplinary board recommends dissolving Whittemore's suspension

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Updated: 2/03/2014 10:49 am

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.

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Justdoit - 2/2/2014 12:09 PM
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I once filed a complaint to the State Bar of Nevada against a lawyer who failed to file the proper paper work prior to the statutes of limitations running out and was asked by the State Bar of Nevada who I thought I was for filing a frivolous complaint? I told them where they could shove it and then proceeded to find a lawyer from out of state who took my case. I ultimately won the case in court and was awarded a substantial settlement. My view of the State Bar of Nevada is that they are nothing more than prostitutes to their own. Any lay person who if convicted of three felonies would not be granted a reprieve until the Supreme Court ruled on the merits of campaign donations. Nevada the Mississippi of the West is a good old boy state and this will not change!

vietnamvet25 - 2/2/2014 9:31 AM
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It seems that lawyers policing lawyers doesn't work. Like doctors, bankers, and other high dollar occupations. This guy has plead guilty to 3 felonies and should be in jail serving his miniscule sentence

spike - 2/2/2014 8:58 AM
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He paid off Harry, why stop there!

spike - 2/2/2014 8:56 AM
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He paid off Harry, why stop there?

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steve - 2/2/2014 3:03 AM
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Nevada has a very high turnover in business people and employees due to the Nevada right to work law as well as the AT WILL law resulting in a high transient rate

Time Out - 2/1/2014 9:10 PM
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Here we go again -- the fox guarding the chickens. Anyone but an attorney would be suspended, at least. Politics anyone???

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