RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Lawyers for embattled former lobbyist Harvey Whittemore and the State Bar of Nevada made their final arguments to a disciplinary panel on Wednesday. The panel will decide whether Whittemore should lose his law license.
A new development happened during Wednesday's hearing at the State Bar office in Reno. The former State Bar Disciplinary Panel Vice-Chair John Echeverria, who now represents Whittemore, accused the Nevada State Bar President Alan Lefebvre of interfering in the proceeding by sending each of the panel members a letter saying the public perceives the State Bar plays "inside baseball", when it comes to handing down discipline to attorneys.
Echeverria says Lefebvre was out of line. "I believe his comment is an attempt to sway this panel into coming down very hard on Harvey Whittemore, so that the public doesn't perceive we're playing inside baseball."
Echeverria says he will file a complaint with the State Bar over Lefebvre's comments. As for the hearing, it is over, and the panel has 30 days to make its decision.
Whittemore was convicted of three felony charges related to illegal campaign contributions to Harry Reid's re-election campaign. Whittemore's law license has been temporarily suspended since October 2013, shortly after he was convicted.