Judge: Westar Must Pay Wittig $1.67 million

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Shawnee County judge orders Westar Energy
Inc. to pay former Chief Executive Officer David Wittig $1.67 million for legal fees generated during his ongoing criminal case.

The amount approved Tuesday is $876,000 less than Wittig had sought.

District Court Judge David Bruns said he reduced the amount to reflect what he considered unreasonably high per-hour rates charged by Wittig's Washington, D.C.-based attorneys. He also criticized some of the attorneys for their behavior during Wittig's first trial, which ended in a mistrial.

Westar says it's reviewing the order.

Wittig and former Chief Strategy Officer Douglas Lake were charged with looting the company. A third trial on conspiracy and circumvention charges is scheduled for September.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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