U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals http://wfpl.org en Court: KBA Reprimand Violated Lawyer's Free Speech Rights http://wfpl.org/post/court-kba-reprimand-violated-lawyers-free-speech-rights <p>A federal appeals court has struck down a reprimand handed down to a Louisville attorney after finding the punishment for criticizing a legislative ethics panel violated his free speech rights.</p><p>The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled&nbsp;today that a Kentucky Bar Association regulation governing public comments by attorneys unconstitutionally restricted lawyer John Berry&#39;s right to complain about the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:47:30 +0000 The Associated Press 1151 at http://wfpl.org Sypher's Appeal Rejected http://wfpl.org/post/syphers-appeal-rejected <p>A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a the woman who tried to extort millions in cash, cars and a house from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.</p><p>The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today found that attorneys for 52-year-old Karen Sypher ``advanced no arguments of merit on appeal.&#39;&#39;</p><p>In 2010, a jury convicted Sypher of extortion, lying to the FBI and retaliation against a witness. Prosecutors said she sought the money from Pitino to stay quiet about a tryst in a Louisville restaurant.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:35:49 +0000 Rick Howlett & the Associated Press 911 at http://wfpl.org Sypher's Appeal Rejected