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Woman charged with trying to extort money from Rick Pitino gets new lawyer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A former federal prosecutor has been
appointed to represent a woman charged with trying to extort money
from Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
U.S. Magistrate Judge James Moyer on Friday tapped James A.
Earhart to handle the case of Karen Cunagin Sypher, who has pleaded
not guilty to federal charges of trying to extort money from Pitino
and lying to the FBI.
Cunagin Sypher's previous attorney, Thomas Clay, resigned from
the case in July, citing "irreconcilable differences" with his
client.
Sypher answered questions from the judge during the hearing but
did not speak to reporters afterward. J. Lloyd Russell, who
represents Cunagin Sypher in her divorce case with Tim Sypher,
Pitino's equipment manager at Louisville, said after the hearing
that his client would not comment.
Earhart is a former assistant U.S. attorney.

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