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Karen Sypher found guilty of extorting former Knicks coach Rick Pitino
New York Post ^ | August 6, 2010 | JOSH ABNER and JEREMY OLSHAN

Posted on 08/06/2010 3:53:09 AM PDT by tlb

Karen Cunagin Sypher was found guilty yesterday of demanding $10 million from former Knick coach Rick Pitino in return for keeping mum about their "15-second" affair -- and now faces up to 26 years in prison.

A jury found Sypher guilty on all six counts -- including extortion and lying to investigators.

n cringe-worthy testimony last week, Pitino told jurors their illicit fling in a Louisville Italian restaurant lasted just "15 seconds."

The jury, which deliberated for five hours starting Wednesday afternoon, did not have much trouble reaching a decision, foreman Glen Elder said. There were no sticking points, he said.

As prosecutors left the courtroom, Jacob Wise, Sypher's 20-year-old son, said sarcastically, "Thanks for taking my mother away, guys," and clapped his hands.

The trial brings to an end a long, embarrassing episode for the Louisville coach, which began when the two met in 2003 at Porcini, an Italian restaurant owned by a friend.

On the stand, Pitino told the jury he was at the end of the bar when she approached him with her cellphone, asking him to wish her son a happy birthday.

At the end of the night, she suggested they move to a booth to finish their wine.

"Some unfortunate things happened," he said. "She opened up my pants."

Their encounter lasted only "15 seconds," Pitino said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Kentucky; US: New York
KEYWORDS: basketball; blackmail; dribbling; trial
NY Post cover: Bikini photo of the lady with caption "Sex for 15 Seconds, Now 26 Years in Jail"

Kobe's jeweler will probably get a pretty good order today.

1 posted on 08/06/2010 3:53:14 AM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

I would have paid a little bit to her just to keep her quiet about lasting only 15 seconds.


2 posted on 08/06/2010 3:59:16 AM PDT by Dayman
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To: tlb

Fifteen seconds? Pitino should have paid for her silence!


3 posted on 08/06/2010 4:04:12 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: tlb
There were no sticking points, he said

Poor choice of words IMHO.

4 posted on 08/06/2010 4:04:49 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: tlb

When people point out derisively that Pitino is “short” I didn’t think they were referring to the 15 second thing.


5 posted on 08/06/2010 4:30:15 AM PDT by anton
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To: Rummyfan

Did you read what she asked for?


6 posted on 08/06/2010 4:34:46 AM PDT by daniel boob (Doesn't matter what this says - you will call it racist)
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To: Rummyfan
Fifteen seconds? Pitino should have paid for her silence!

I'm not a big college basketball fan, but I am looking forward to the signage in the crowd at this year's games...

7 posted on 08/06/2010 4:36:24 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: tlb

It’s like the Clinton-Lewinski affair. He didn’t get impeached for the “sex” but for lying to Congress about it under oath.

An extortionist like that shouldn’t be trusted anyhow. He might have paid up and she could have still trumpeted the scandal — since it was illegal anyhow, what court would enforce her silence or consequences?


8 posted on 08/06/2010 4:40:54 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: tlb

Sad story. Neither party is admirable.


9 posted on 08/06/2010 4:43:30 AM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: tlb
15-seconds ???? ....

hee he he ... not much bang for the buck there.

10 posted on 08/06/2010 4:50:01 AM PDT by dartuser ("Palin 2012 ... nothing else will do.")
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To: tlb

Too much foreplay, Rick.


11 posted on 08/06/2010 4:53:22 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: tlb

Slightly off topic I guess, but how about jailing women who falsely accuse men of being the father of their children in order to extort child support from them. And jail the judges who go along with it.


12 posted on 08/06/2010 4:54:14 AM PDT by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: Dayman

It says he pulled out as soon as she started talking pregnancy. Give him credit for quick thinking.


13 posted on 08/06/2010 5:03:23 AM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: tlb
As prosecutors left the courtroom, Jacob Wise, Sypher's 20-year-old son, said sarcastically, "Thanks for taking my mother away, guys," and clapped his hands.

Sorry your mom is a lying, cold, slutty skank, Jacob.

14 posted on 08/06/2010 5:09:38 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

As prosecutors left the courtroom, Jacob Wise, Sypher’s 20-year-old son, said sarcastically, “Thanks for taking my mother away, guys,” and clapped his hands.

So he’s a member of the Sarcastic Clapping Family?


15 posted on 08/06/2010 5:11:40 AM PDT by Common Sense 101
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To: dartuser

The shot-clock was winding down!


16 posted on 08/06/2010 5:13:35 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Dayman
IN other news,Pitino is a scumbag who would do a woman in a restaraunt restroom.

Great example for the youth and team,coach.

I think he should be ejected from the game.

17 posted on 08/06/2010 5:18:15 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham

Wasn’t in a restroom. It was on a table in the restaurant. One of his aides waited in the other section while it went down, though he didn’t have to wait long.


18 posted on 08/06/2010 5:23:58 AM PDT by ditchdigger
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To: ditchdigger
I must have misread;thought I remembered a restroom being mentioned in another story about this.

My opinion of Pitino :he is still a scumbag.

19 posted on 08/06/2010 5:29:09 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: tlb

I hope she does every day.


20 posted on 08/06/2010 5:39:48 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: dartuser

“not much bang for the buck there.”

Now I know where the phrase “slam bam, thank you Ma’am” comes from. I guess Pitino was taught that when you have the ball, don’t diddle around: drive to the basket.


21 posted on 08/06/2010 5:49:05 AM PDT by DrC
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To: Rummyfan

Rim shot...


22 posted on 08/06/2010 6:00:51 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: ditchdigger
It was on a table in the restaurant

This led to widespread mispronunciation of "Porcini".
23 posted on 08/06/2010 6:02:55 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: tlb
Their encounter lasted only "15 seconds," Pitino said.

Dang. How does he keep his wife satisfied?
24 posted on 08/06/2010 6:23:04 AM PDT by crosshairs (Celebrate diversity. Own a variety of firearms.)
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To: tlb
Sypher, who says she became pregnant and had an abortion, waited six years to threaten to reveal the details of the brief, messy time together if he did not pay up

So, an innocent life pay the ultimate price for a slut's behavior. Figures.


25 posted on 08/06/2010 6:46:12 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: Tribune7

“It says he pulled out as soon as she started talking pregnancy. Give him credit for quick thinking.”

That’s why I got snipped. Pulling out is for democrats.


26 posted on 08/06/2010 7:03:47 AM PDT by Dayman
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To: Enterprise

“Slightly off topic I guess, but how about jailing women who falsely accuse men of being the father of their children in order to extort child support from them. And jail the judges who go along with it.”

Doesn’t that sort of thing involve paternity tests these days?


27 posted on 08/06/2010 7:06:36 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Scotswife
One would think that in a just world, things like paternity really matter.

Homeless man to lose inheritance to child that isn't his

28 posted on 08/06/2010 7:23:33 AM PDT by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: Rummyfan

In all fairness, Pitino thought he was on a shot-clock...


29 posted on 08/06/2010 8:35:56 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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