Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Judge Denies Sypher’s Request

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III has denied Karen Cunagin Sypher’s request that he disqualify himself after she was convicted in August of trying to extort millions from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. Simpson also denied a request that he impanel a special grand jury to investigate what she has said are “criminal civil rights violations” against her, her family and witnesses. Simpson rescheduled Sypher’s sentencing for January 18th. Sypher was convicted of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the FBI and a count of retaliation against a witness. Sypher’s request that Simpson be disqualified was filed after she fired the attorney who represented her at trial and hired a new lawyer, David Nolan of Washington, D.C.

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