Harvey Whittemore license decision extended

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Updated: 1/10/2014 5:34 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Former lobbyist Harvey Whittemore is awaiting a decision on whether he will lose his Nevada law license.

At today's hearing, Whittemore's clients were testifying about the work he does for them. Many say that Whittemore is a critical part of their company projects here in Northern Nevada.

One of Whittemore's clients, the Nevada Copper Company, testified in his favor. In 2012, Whittemore was one of the chief lobbyists who worked to get about 11,000 acres of federal lands turned over to the city of Yerington for Nevada Copper to develop a mine.

A Nevada Copper executive says Whittemore is a critical part of his company's work. "Who do I want to come to save me? I want Harvey Whittemore to be that guy."

Whittemore's law license has been temporarily suspended since October 2013, shortly after he was convicted of violating campaign laws. Now, it's up to a disciplinary panel to decide whether or not Whittemore will be officially disbarred. Closing arguments are set for January 22, and a final decision is expected to be made that day.

Whittemore's prison sentence was recently delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a pending campaign finance case out of Alabama.
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vietnamvet25 - 1/11/2014 2:17 PM
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It seems to me that if you are found guilty of federal election laws and violated the public trust and can't follow the rules, that as a member of the bar. I would think you should not be able to practice law ever again after all you are a convicted FELON

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