KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ It's another sign that their third criminal trial will be
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver last night
granted a prosecution motion to speed up its consideration of the
appeal. The court said it will schedule a hearing for oral
arguments in the week of November 17th through 21st.
Former Westar CEO David Wittig and former Chief Strategy Officer
Douglas Lake are charged with conspiracy and circumventing of
internal controls as part of an alleged plan to loot the
Their first trial in 2004 ended in mistrial and the appeals
court last year threw out their convictions from a 2005 second
trial, allowing the less serious crimes to be retried.
Their third trial was scheduled to begin next Tuesday, but
Robinson has said she wants to give the appeals court time to
decide the appeal.