Jury deliberations will resume Monday at
the federal bank fraud trial of former Westar Energy executive
David Wittig and a former Topeka bank president.
In closing arguments in Kansas City, Kansas, defense attorneys
ridiculed the government's case against both defendants. They
claimed prosecutors didn't come close to proving the two men
conspired to commit bank fraud.
Prosecutors contend Wittig conspired with Clinton Weidner the
Second -- former president of Capital City Bank -- in hopes of
securing financing help for a proposed Westar spinoff.
But Weidner's attorney denied Wittig was involved in covering up
his one and a half million -dollar loan to Weidner.
Weidner lawyers told the jury it defies logic to believe Wittig
would have put a deal potentially worth more than one (b) billion
dollars into jeopardy by making the loan.
Assistant U-S Attorney Richard Hathaway urged the jury to
connect all of the various bank activities that he detailed in
court over the last two weeks.
Hathaway said the crimes committed were crimes of opportunity,
by two men with the knowledge and position, to take advantage of
other people's money. He also noted that the defense's entire case
rests on Weidner's testimony.