Mistrial declared on 1 charge against developer

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial on one charge against a former Nevada developer who was convicted earlier in the day of three counts of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid.

A federal jury reached the verdicts on Wednesday in the case against real estate developer and once powerful lobbyist Harvey Whittemore.

Jurors had reported they were deadlocked on a charge of lying to the FBI, but U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks initially instructed them to continue deliberating. He later declared the mistrial.

Whittemore was convicted of making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another, and causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission.

Prosecutors say he gave money to family members and employees in 2007 to make contributions he'd promised to Reid while concealing himself as the source to skirt campaign finance laws.

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