RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada is deciding whether to send an ex-lobbyist and wealthy developer to prison for funneling illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Prosecutors are asking U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno to sentence Harvey Whittemore to more than four years at Monday afternoon's sentencing in Reno for three felony convictions.
Whittemore's lawyers say he deserves probation and community service partly because he would do Nevadans more good out of prison based on his long history of charitable giving.
His sister, Ellen Whittemore, has requested to testify at the sentencing. She says the prosecution's claim her brother was "greedy for power" is absurd. She says her brother is an honest philanthropist who enjoyed his success because it allowed him to be more generous.
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