U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Local News
2:47 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Court: KBA Reprimand Violated Lawyer's Free Speech Rights

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.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that a Kentucky Bar Association regulation governing public comments by attorneys unconstitutionally restricted lawyer John Berry's right to complain about the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.

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Local News
11:35 am
Thu July 5, 2012

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.