Change of venue opposed in Pitino extortion case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Prosecutors say coverage of the upcoming trial against a Louisville woman charged with trying to extort money from coach Rick Pitino has not turned into a media circus.

In a court filing, prosecutors responded to defendant Karen Cunagin Sypher's request to move her extortion out of Louisville because of pretrial publicity.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. said in court documents that though press coverage of Sypher's alleged bid to extort money from the University of Louisville basketball coach has been widespread, it hasn't risen to the level of a "circus-like" atmosphere that requires a change of venue.

Kuhn also said any biased jurors can be weeded out during jury selection, which is set for May 19 and 20.

The trial is scheduled to begin June 1 in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

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