Woman convicted in Pitino extortion files appeal
The woman convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville
basketball coach Rick Pitino has asked a federal appeals court to
overturn her conviction and seven-year prison sentence.
Attorneys for 51-year-old Karen Cunagin Sypher filed a brief
with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday night, claiming
a broad conspiracy involving Pitino, the federal trial judge and
Sypher’s former attorney to ensure she would be found guilty.
U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson of Louisville previously
rejected those claims.
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.
Sypher is currently in a federal prison in Marianna, Fla.