Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, left, is escorted by Chris Francis of the U.S. Attorney's office as he arrives at the federal courthouse to testify in the trial of Karen Cunagin Sypher in Louisville, Ky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal appeals court has set oral
arguments for May 31 in the case the woman convicted of trying to
extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
Prosecutors, though, have asked the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of
Appeals in Cincinnati for a delay in the proceedings because the
attorney handling the appeal is scheduled to be out of town.
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 in Marianna, Fla.
Sypher claims a broad conspiracy involving Pitino, the federal
trial judge and Sypher's former attorney.
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