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Judges in Pitino extortion appeal named

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A three-judge federal appeals panel
including one jurist from Louisville will hear an appeal from a
woman convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville
basketball coach Rick Pitino.

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 three-judge federal appeals panel
including one jurist from Louisville will 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 on Monday named judges
Boyce F. Martin of Louisville, Ky., Martha Craig Daughtrey of
Nashville, Tenn., and Paul Maloney of Kalamazoo, Mich., to hear the
appeal of 52-year-old Karen Sypher in Cincinnati on May 31.
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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