Sypher’s Appeal Rejected

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.

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.''

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.

Since her conviction, Sypher has put forth a variety of conspiracy theories which have been rejected by a federal judge and law enforcement.

Sypher is serving a seven-year sentence at a federal prison in Marianna, Fla. 

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