Ask Joe: Did Harvey Whittemore Get Special Treatment ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 6/26/2013 6:38 pm
Question:
Clyde Welty wrote in asking why Harvey Whittemore wasn't taken into custody and locked up after being found guilty on three felony counts like other people convicted of crimes ?   Clyde's question is did Whittemore receive preferential treatment ?

Answer:
That trial was held in federal court.  No one at the court would comment but I checked with Natalie Collins in the U-S Attorney's Office.  She tells me it is up to the judge, and the judge only has to consider two things: is the defendant a danger to anyone, and are they a flight risk ?
  Based on those two factors Judge Larry Hicks decided to release Whittemore on his own recognizance, while he awaits sentencing in September.   Whittemore faces up to five years and a $250,000 fine for each count after being convicted of making illegal campaign contributions.
  Again, it's up to the judge. But the U-S Attorney's Office which prosecuted the case did not ask that Whittemore be taken into custody so there wasn't any opposition to the move.

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