Prosecutors seek psychological exam for Karen Sypher

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal prosecutors want a judge to order
a psychological exam for the woman accused of trying to extort $10
million from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
In a motion filed Friday, prosecutors say Karen Cunagin Sypher
may be "so mentally incompetent" that she doesn't understand the
legal proceedings or cannot assist in her own defense.
Cunagin Sypher has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of
trying to extort money from Pitino and lying to the FBI. She is
accused of demanding college tuition for her children, her house to
be paid off and $10 million.
Prosecutors have also asked a judge to order Cunagin Sypher and
her attorney not to make public evidence turned over in the case.
James Earhart, Cunagin Sypher's attorney, said he could not
comment on the exam motion because he had not yet seen it.

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