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Pitino accuser denied new trial


The woman convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has lost her latest bid for a new trial.

U. S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III on Tuesday rejected arguments from Karen Cunagin Sypher, saying there’s no new evidence that would warrant granting her second request for a new trial.

Sypher was convicted in August of extortion, lying to the FBI and retaliation against a witness. Prosecutors said she sought millions in cash, cars and a house from Pitino to stay quiet about their one-night stand at a Louisville restaurant in 2003. A judge on Feb. 18 sentenced Sypher to more than seven years in federal prison. She has remained free since then and is appealing the conviction.

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