Jury selection begins in Sypher extortion trial - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Jury selection begins in Sypher extortion trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- There are already controversial remarks coming from court as jury selection starts in the Karen Sypher extortion trial.

Sypher is accused of trying to extort money from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino after a sexual encounter in a Louisville restaurant in 2003, and later lying to the FBI about it.

Sypher sat quietly in court as attorneys started the process of picking the people who will decide her extortion case at trial in two weeks.  Sypher avoided reporters upon her arrival at the Federal Courthouse Monday morning.

Before jurors came into court, reporters overheard Sypher and her attorney James Earhart reviewing jurors' questionnaires.  At least one potential juror had responded with a strong opinion on the case, calling Sypher and Pitino quote-- "a whore and a pig."  Another had said he or she believed Sypher was "guilty of blackmail."

No word if any potential jurors had been questioned further about the remarks.

Sypher told Fox 41 News in an exclusive interview earlier this year she's not concerned about the public's opinions of her as she continues to deny the charges against her.

At the end of the day Monday, attorneys had picked 30 prospective jurors from an initial pool of 46 people in court. Tomorrow, attorneys will bring in a new group of jurors from which to choose.

About one hundred people have been called for the jury pool.  They had answered in writing or in person 63 questions, including their attitudes toward pre-marital sex, abortion, and whether they attended or gave money to U of L sports.

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