Sypher Sentenced To 87 Months In Prison

Karen Sypher has been sentenced to seven years and three months in prison and two years supervised release.

Last year, a jury convicted Sypher of extortion, lying to the FBI and retaliating against a witness. She was accused of threatening to go public about a sexual tryst she had with University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino in 2003 unless he met her financial demands.

Jury Deliberating In Sypher Trial

Prosecutor Marisa Ford told the jury that Sypher attempted to shake down U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino by threatening to go public with details of their sexual encounter at a Louisville restaurant in 2003. Sypher’s lawyer, James Earhart, said the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and police failed to fully investigate Sypher’s sexual assualt claims because of Pitino’s stature.

Jury Selection Begins In Sypher Trial

By Rick Howlett Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the federal trial of Karen Sypher, who’s charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.     Sypher is accused of threatening to go public with an allegation of rape against Pitino if he did not give her […]

Pitino Criticizes Media For Reporting Of Sex Scandal

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is criticizing the media for its reporting of the sex scandal involving a woman accused of trying to extort him. Pitino called a press conference after recordings of a police inteview with Karen Sypher were released today in which Syhper accused Pitino of sexually assaulting her six years […]