Judge Rejects Former Westar Exec's Demand for Company Documents

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal judge has rejected a request by a former Westar Energy executive for records from the utility's lawyers.

Douglas Lake claimed the records would show his former employer helped prosecutors build a case against him.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson denied the request for subpoenas to two law firms representing the Topeka-based utility.

Robinson said Lake's requests failed to meet minimum requirements for subpoenas, especially since Lake isn't sure the records exist or what they say.

Lake is former chief strategy officer for Westar. He and former CEO David Wittig are scheduled for trial in September on charges they attempted to loot the utility.

In two previous trials, jurors couldn't reach a decision in one, and convictions in the other were later overturned.

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