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Judge denies request to move Sypher extortion trial

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A federal judge has denied a request to move a trial involving the alleged extortion of University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, according to the Associated Press.

Karen Cunagin Sypher has been accused of trying to extort $10 million from Pitino, using a past sexual encounter as leverage, and lying to the FBI. Her trial is scheduled to begin July 26.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III ruled Monday that Sypher couldn't show that pretrial publicity warrants the unusual step of relocating the case.

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 a jury could be found in the Louisville area.

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