A federal judge today rejected
motions to order the acquittals of former Westar chief David Wittig
and a former Topeka bank president, in their federal bank fraud
Lawyers for Wittig and Clinton Odell Weidner the second had
filed motions for acquittal yesterday, after the government rested
its case. The two men are accused of breaking federal laws when
Wittig loaned Weidner one and a half (m) million dollars in 2001.
The defense contended that prosecutors failed to present
evidence supporting the charges of conspiracy, making false bank
entries and money laundering.
But U-S District Judge Julie Robinson ruled this morning that a
jury conceivably could conclude that the two men conspired to
conceal the loan's existence.