Prosecutors oppose change of venue

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Prosecutors say coverage of the upcoming
trial against a Louisville woman charged with trying to extort
money from coach Rick Pitino has not turned into a media circus.
In a court filing Friday, prosecutors responded to defendant
Karen Cunagin Sypher's request to move her extortion out of
Louisville because of pretrial publicity.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. said in court documents
that though press coverage of Sypher's alleged bid to extort money
from the University of Louisville basketball coach has been
widespread, it hasn't risen to the level of a "circus-like"
atmosphere that requires a change of venue.
Kuhn also said any biased jurors can be weeded out during jury
selection, which is set for May 19 and 20. The trial is scheduled
to begin June 1 in U.S. District Court in Louisville.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

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