Lake Says Westar Coerced into Indictment

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Attorneys for former Westar Energy executive Douglas Lake are seeking records they say show that federal prosecutors coerced the utility into helping to indict their client.

Lake is scheduled to go to trial in September on charges that he and former Chief Executive Officers David Wittig secretly increased their compensation at Westar. Lake's attorney Monday asked U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson to approve subpoenas seeking records they claim would show Westar cooperated with prosecutors to avoid criminal charges.

Prosecutors argue the attorneys are on a "fishing expedition." They say Robinson should throw the subpoenas out.

Robinson has asked both sides to file additional arguments by next week.

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