Media rules in Sypher trial loosened - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Media rules in Sypher trial loosened

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A federal judge has loosened the rules covering the media for the upcoming trial of a woman accused of trying to extort Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III on Monday ordered that reporters are barred only from interviewing Karen Cunagin Sypher during court proceedings. A prior order forbade all contact between reporters and Sypher during the trial.

The Courier-Journal filed a motion Friday to intervene in the case by contesting a federal judge's rules for covering the trial, which is expected to last nine days. The paper said the order violated the First Amendment and could bar reporters from covering a public trial.

Sypher has talked to several reporters since being charged 14 months ago. She's facing charges that she tried to extort money from Pitino and lied to the FBI. She has pleaded not guilty.

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