LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Karen Cunagin Sypher has made a plea for help. WAVE 3 obtained a letter she sent to Judge Charles Simpson. She asked him to demand James Earhart, her former attorney, to turn over case files and evidence. Earhart represented Sypher during the extortion trial against Rick Pitino. A jury convicted Sypher in August of trying to extort ten million dollars from University of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino, lying to the FBI, and retaliation against a victim.
In Sypher's letter to Judge Simpson it claims that file has evidence that was not used during her trial and should have been. It says Sypher, along with the new team she wants representing her, have emailed and gone to Earhart's office to pick them up with no luck. Earhart withdrew from the case this week after Sypher made a request to have him dismissed. Sypher wants the entire file and evidence by Monday. If that doesn't happen, Investigator James Faller says they plan to take it to the bar association.
"He's got an ethical duty to turn them over and he needs to get moving 'cause there's some serious problems with this case as we've said before," Investigator Faller said.
Sypher's sentencing has been delayed. Court documents show that her new Attorney, David Nolan, cannot technically represent her because he is not in good standing with the bar.
WAVE 3 called Earhart and were unable to reach him for comment.