Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pitino Extortion Trial Day 7: Everyone Rests, Jury Deliberating

Karen Cunagin Sypher's defense attorney, James Earhart, said she had been "villainized" during the trial during his closing argument. He also called her the victim of a botched investigation by police- despite the apparent contradictions in her timelines, questioning, and interviews...

Before that, the prosecution stated its case. Federal Prosecutor Marisa Ford, "This is a case about a defendant, Karen Sypher, seeking a golden parachute." She continued, saying Sypher wanted "something for nothing."

Ford also described Sypher's actions as a shakedown...

Earhardt rested the defense case without calling any witnesses- including Karen Cunagin Sypher.

Closing arguments were slated for the afternoon...

Chris Turner is outside in the shade again for his liveshot...
((HT: WDRB-TV))
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1600 UPDATE: The jury has started deliberating the case. If convicted of extortion and lying to the FBI, she faces up to seven years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

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