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New lawyer appointed in extortion case

Updated: August 1, 2009, 10:27 AM ET
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A former federal prosecutor was appointed Friday to represent a woman charged with trying to extort Louisville coach Rick Pitino, three weeks after her prior attorney quit the case citing "irreconcilable differences" with her.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Moyer tapped James A. Earhart, who used to work in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's office in Louisville, to handle the case of Karen Cunagin Sypher. She has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying ...

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