US jury deliberations near in Whittemore trial

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Updated: 5/28/2013 6:31 pm
UPDATE - 6:30 - A decision has not yet been reached. They jury will be back in court at 8:30 tomorrow morning. News 4 will bring you the latest from the courtroom tomorrow.

UPDATE-2:10PM - Our crew on in the courtroom says the prosecution is saying the documents tell the story in this case and show there was intent to deceive.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal jury in Reno is getting ready to begin deliberations in the trial of a former Nevada developer and high-powered lobbyist accused of making nearly $150,000 in illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid in 2007.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Olshan said in the prosecution's closing arguments on Tuesday that Harvey Whittemore solicited contributions from his family and employees then effectively laundered them to conceal himself as the real source of the money.

Olshan says Whittemore did so to make good on a promise he'd made to the most powerful man in Congress. He described Whittemore as the "ultimate insider" and "king of the hill" who never thought he'd get caught.

The judge ordered a brief break just after noon with jury deliberations expected to begin later Tuesday afternoon.


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