Federal appeals court hears Karen Sypher case - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Federal appeals court hears Karen Sypher case

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Karen Sypher is still fighting to get out of prison.  Thursday a federal appeals court in Cincinnati heard her case.

A three-judge panel heard arguments from Karen Sypher's lawyer that her trial counsel failed to adequately represent her back in 2010.

The panel repeatedly told attorney David Nolan that his assertions weren't backed by evidence in the trial record. Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey said the argument "appeared to be a waste of everybody's time."

Sypher was not in court. She is serving a seven year sentence after she was convicted of trying to extort U of L men's basketball coach Rick Pitino to stay quiet about their sexual encounter.

A jury also found her guilty of lying to the FBI and retaliating against a witness. The panel is composed of judge Boyce Martin of Louisville, and two other judges.

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