A federal judge has decided not to move the trial of the woman accused of attempting to extort money from University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino.
Lawyers for Karen Sypher had asked that the trial, set for July, be moved from Louisville to Bowling Green or Owensboro because extensive media coverage had made it difficult to find impartial jurors.
Federal prosecutors opposed the move, saying there was little to be gained by moving the trial 100 miles.
U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III agreed and said in a ruling filed Monday that although "sordid allegations implicating the personal life of this public figure have garnered attention from local and national news media," the publicity in the case against Sypher and involving Pitino had not been "excessive."
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Last year, Pitino told authorities Sypher tried to extort $10 million from him.
Pitino has acknowledged having consensual sex with Sypher in a Louisville restaurant after hours one night in 2003 and giving her money to buy health insurance she used to have an abortion. Pitino has denied Sypher's claims that the sexual encounter was not consensual, and Louisville officials declined to prosecute, saying Sypher was not credible.
Sypher has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including extortion, lying to FBI agents and retaliating against a victim and a witness.