A federal judge has denied a request to move the trial of a
woman charged with trying to extort $10 million from University of
Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III ruled Monday that
Karen Cunagin Sypher couldn’t show that pretrial publicity warrants
the unusual step of relocating the case.
Sypher is accused of trying to extort money from Pitino and
lying to the FBI. Her trial is set to start July 26.
Sypher’s attorney, James Earhart, argued that extensive
publicity made it impossible for Sypher to get a fair hearing
before a jury. Prosecutors said the publicity wasn’t pervasive and
that a suitable jury could be found in the Louisville area.