Defense seeking delay for trial of woman accused of trying to extort Rick Pitino

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) - The defense is asking for at least a
month delay in the trial of Karen Cunagin Sypher, accused of trying
to extort money from University of Louisville men's basketball
coach Rick Pitino.
The Courier-Journal reported attorney James Earhart filed a
motion on Friday in which he said he needs more time to review
evidence provided by prosecutors. The motion requests a delay of
trial to "no sooner than" July 1.
Sypher's trial on an extortion charge is now scheduled to begin
June 1 before U.S. District Court Judge Charles Simpson III. Sypher
is also charged with lying to the FBI and in a second extortion
count, accused of having her divorce lawyer demand $10 million
dollars for her silence in a letter to Pitino.
Earhart earlier filed a motion to move the trial out of
Louisville.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

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