Monday, July 26, 2010

Pitino Extortion Case: Day One

Opening statements have begun in the Karen Cunagin Sypher case as she stands accuswed of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, then lying about it to the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Kuhn said in court during opening arguments that Sypher threatened to ruin Pitino's reputation with false allegations of rape, and that she lied repeatedly about it.

Sypher, who has (of course) pleaded not guilty, is accused of demanding college tuition for her children, having her house paid off and $10 million for her silence.
Sypher is also accused of trading sexual favors with two attorneys in her attempt to have them exert their influence to have Pitino pay off Sypher's demands.

Here's early coverage from Chris Turner and our friends at WDRB-TV/Fox41 in Louisville...
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Defense attorneys, led by James Earhardt, were expected to present opening statements in the afternoon.

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