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16 jurors seated in Pitino extortion case

Karen Sypher is accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from the University of Louisville basketball coach.

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 group of 16 jurors has been seated to
hear the trial a woman charged with trying to extort University of
Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
Attorneys selected the eight men and eight women Wednesday after three days of winnowing a pool of more than 90 people in the case of Karen Cunagin Sypher. Attorneys made their selections from a
final group of 52 jurors.
Testimony in the trial is scheduled to begin July 26.
Along with extortion, Sypher faces charges of retaliating
against a witness and lying to the FBI. She is accused of demanding
college tuition for her children, her house to be paid off and $10
million. Sypher has pleaded not guilty.

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