Move denied in Pitino extortion trial

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.