Appeals panel set to hear Pitino extortion case

CINCINNATI (AP) - A three-judge federal appeals panel including
one jurist from Louisville is set to hear an appeal from a woman
convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball
coach Rick Pitino.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Thursday
will hear arguments brought by attorneys for 52-year-old Karen
Sypher. The panel is composed of judges Boyce F. Martin of
Louisville, Ky., Martha Craig Daughtrey of Nashville, Tenn., and
Paul Maloney of Kalamazoo, Mich.
In 2010, a jury convicted Sypher of extortion, lying to the FBI
and retaliation against a witness. Prosecutors said she sought
millions in cash, cars and a house from Pitino to stay quiet about
a tryst in a Louisville restaurant.
She is serving a seven-year sentence at a federal prison.


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