A federal judge in Reno has removed one juror but declined to declare a mistrial in Harvey Whittemore's case alleging campaign finance violations after the juror was overheard making a comment that raised questions about whether he could be fair to the former developer and lobbyist.
Judge Larry Hicks told attorneys before the defense was to begin presenting its case Thursday that someone told a court clerk after the prosecution rested its case Wednesday the juror complained about having to listen to the other side's bull.
The judge and the lawyers questioned that juror and then replaced him with one of the alternates. They also questioned others jurors who might have heard the comment, but no others were ousted.
Defense lawyers called as their first witness Whittemore attorney Dan Bowen, who challenged the accounts of FBI agents who questioned Whittemore last February at Bowen's office.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com (AP)