Documents filed in Pitino case

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comOctober 28, 2009 

Sealed documents have been filed in the criminal case against a woman accused of trying to extort $10 million from University of Louisville basketball Coach Rick Pitino.

Two motions were filed Friday in the case against Karen Sypher in U.S. District Court in Louisville. Court records don't specify who filed the motions.

Sypher has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to extort money and lying to the FBI.

Pitino has acknowledged having sex with Sypher at a Louisville restaurant in 2003. She is accused of demanding tuition, two cars of her choice, her house paid off and $3,000 a month from Pitino in exchange for her silence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Kuhn and attorneys for Sypher and Pitino did not immediately return telephone calls and e-mails from the Herald-Leader on Tuesday.

In September, Kuhn requested that Sypher undergo a mental health evaluation, saying she has displayed "persistent irrational behavior."

James Earhart, Sypher's attorney, has opposed that request.

The prosecutor also has asked the judge to order Sypher and her attorney not to make public evidence that was turned over in the case.

Earhart has said he and Sypher have not made public any evidence provided by prosecutors.

Reach Valarie Honeycutt Spears at (859) 231-3409 or 1-800-950-6397.