Trial begins in Pitino extortion case

Updated: July 27, 2010, 7:34 AM ET
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Kentucky woman lied repeatedly in an attempt to extort millions from the University of Louisville's basketball coach, then traded sexual favors and lied again to cover up her crime, federal prosecutors said at the start of her trial Monday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Kuhn told jurors that Karen Cunagin Sypher threatened to ruin Rick Pitino's reputation with false allegations of rape and forced abortion.

"I submit to you that you will not believe a word she has ...

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