Prosecutors ask for delay in Pitino extortion case

Federal prosecutors have agreed to delay for at least six weeks the trial of a woman accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from Louisville men

FILE- In this April 24, 2009, file photo, Karen Cunagin Sypher, listens as her attorney speaks to the media outside Gene Snyder Courthouse following a court appearance in Louisville, Ky., Cunagin Sypher has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to extort money from Rick Pitino and of lying to the FBI. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have agreed to delay for at least six weeks the trial of a woman accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino.

In a motion filed Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Kuhn says prosecutors are still compiling phone records in the case of Karen Cunagin Sypher and asked to postpone the scheduled June 29 trial. Sypher's attorney made a similar request earlier in the month. A new trial date was not immediately set.

The 49-year-old Sypher, of Louisville, pleaded not guilty last month to charges of trying to extort money from Pitino and lying to the FBI. A criminal complaint claimed her demands included college tuition for her children, her house to be paid off and, eventually, $10 million.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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