Today the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Nevada federal District Court conviction of Harvey Whittemore for illegal campaign contributions. He had been found guilty in Reno for illegally funneling more than one hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions to Senator Harry Reid. The 9th Circuit affirmed the conviction on the basis that "sufficient evidence" existed to support the jury's guilty verdict.
Whittenmore's defense team had argued that he never had criminal intent and that he meant the checks to his family and friends to be considered gifts. But the 9th Circuit in its 19-page decision contends that the defense theory is unsupported by law. Whittemore remains convicted of making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another, and causing Senator Reid to file a false report with the Federal Elections Commission.
Senator Reid is not a party to the lawsuit and never testified at trial. Whittenmore is currently incarcerated on a two-year sentence in federal prison. For more on this story, go to: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/appeals-panel-upholds-whittemore-s-conviction