Attorneys Trying to Avoid Criminal Charges For Former Executive

By: AP
By: AP

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

Douglas Lake is scheduled to go to trial in September on charges that he and former Chief Executive Officer David Wittig went around internal controls at Westar to secretly increase their compensation.

Lake's attorney on 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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