A jury of nine women and three men
has been selected for the federal bank fraud trial of former Westar
Energy chief David Wittig.
The jury selection wrapped up late Tuesday afternoon at the federal
courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. The trial was moved from Topeka
because of heavy publicity about Westar and Wittig in that city.
Wittig and former Topeka bank president Clinton Odell Weidner
face charges of concealing information about a personal loan.
Prosecutors say federal laws were broken by the lack of paperwork
that accompanied a one-point-five (m) million dollar personal loan
from Wittig to Weidner.
Lawyers for the government and the two defendants will make
their opening statements first thing Wednesday morning.