Tuesday, January 17, 2006
According to the Kansas City Business Journal here, Westar Executive David Wittig has lost his right to remain free pending his appeal. Convicted for bank fraud (see post here), Wittig was sentenced to 51 months in jail. A court, however, found that he violated the terms of his release "by making numerous financial transactions with money he potentially would have to forfeit." My gut reaction is that it is not common for courts to allow a defendant to be free pending appeal, although perhaps more common in the white collar scenario. Losing the privilege of remaining free because of a violation of one of the terms provided by the court is even less common.