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) - A federal judge has denied a request to
move the trial of a woman charged with trying to extort $10 million
from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III ruled Monday that
Karen Cunagin Sypher couldn't show that pretrial publicity warrants
the unusual step of relocating the case.
Sypher is accused of trying to extort money from Pitino and
lying to the FBI. Her trial is set to start July 26.
Sypher's attorney, James Earhart, argued that extensive
publicity made it impossible for Sypher to get a fair hearing
before a jury. Prosecutors said the publicity wasn't pervasive and
a jury could be found in the Louisville area.
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