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Judge denies multiple requests by Karen Sypher

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge in Kentucky has denied a request that he disqualify himself in the case of a woman convicted of trying to extort millions from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III also denied Karen Cunagin Sypher's 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 Jan. 18.

Sypher was convicted in August 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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