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.