Appeals panel set to hear Pitino extortion case

Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) - A three-judge federal appeals panel including one jurist from Louisville is set to hear an appeal from a woman convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Thursday will hear arguments brought by attorneys for 52-year-old Karen Sypher. The panel is composed of judges Boyce F. Martin of Louisville, Ky., Martha Craig Daughtrey of Nashville, Tenn., and Paul Maloney of Kalamazoo, Mich.

In 2010, 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.

She is serving a 7-year sentence at a federal prison.

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