Judge Won't Dismiss Charges Against Westar Execs

Law360, New York (August 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A judge has rejected two former Westar Energy Inc. executives' double jeopardy argument in their bid for dismissal as they await retrial on accusations of attempting to loot Kansas' largest public utility.

Judge Julie Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas ruled on Friday that pending criminal charges against Douglas Lake and David Wittig should not be dropped. The men's retrial is scheduled for later this year.

“Although we were disappointed with the ruling, we're very eager to get to trial to...
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