LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The trial of the Louisville woman charged
with trying to extort millions from Louisville basketball coach
Rick Pitino will begin as scheduled in Louisville with the jury
that was selected last week.
A federal judge Wednesday denied motions by James Earhart,
attorney for defendant Karen Cunagin Sypher, to both dismiss the
eight-man, eight-woman jury and move the trial out of the city.
U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson said in his ruling that
Earhart's requests were "based upon generalities and
Sypher has pleaded not guilty to extortion and charges of
retaliating against a witness and lying to the FBI. She is accused
of demanding $10 million, college tuition for her children, and her
house to be paid off.
Testimony is scheduled to begin Monday.
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