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Powell's lack of cooperation doesn't mean UofL investigations are over

Katina Powell and the cover of her book. (Source: WAVE 3 News Archives) Katina Powell and the cover of her book. (Source: WAVE 3 News Archives)
Larry Wilder (Source: WAVE 3 News) Larry Wilder (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Andre McGee (Source: WAVE 3 News file) Andre McGee (Source: WAVE 3 News file)
Brian Butler (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News) Brian Butler (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It appears that the self-proclaimed madam's media blitz is coming to an end. 

After a week of telling her story of prostitutes and University of Louisville recruiting to several different national media outlets, Katina Powell's attorney says she will talk no more without a promise of immunity - especially not to investigators with police, UofL or the NCAA.

To say for sure what this means to those three investigations, you'd have to know what kind of witness statements police and the NCAA have already gotten. Jefferson County prosecutors say that no case has been brought to them, so any question of immunity for Katina Powell is premature.

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Larry Wilder, Powell's attorney, said on ESPN 680 Tuesday, "there seems to be this flourish of desire to burn her at the stake in Jefferson County Kentucky."

Wilder said he's out to protect her best interest by insisting that she's in the clear before she sits down and provides law enforcement or the NCAA with any information about the sex for money she says took place during UofL recruiting visits.

"She is not unwilling to meet with the university or the NCAA and provide them carte blanche information, however, she cannot do that unless we have assurances that there will not be a pursuit of criminal charges against her, based upon the information."

"Arguably, she would be one of the targets, if not the main target of the criminal investigation," said attorney Brian Butler, a former prosecutor.

Immunity for Powell, Butler says, is not likely to happen.

"To what end?" said Butler. "I assume you could immunize her and potentially go after Coach [Andre] McGee or maybe others if there's any proof that anyone else was involved."

Butler says he thinks it's unlikely anyone will be charged with a crime, unless there's evidence children were involved in stripping or sex. What the NCAA is after is a different story; and the organization has no power over Powell. 

"She doesn't have to talk to the NCAA and she's not a student-athlete, so there's nothing the NCAA could do to her," said Butler.

Butler points out that the NCAA is not a courtroom and doesn't have the same burden of proof. The evidence it might use doesn't require Powell's cooperation. Butler says by already talking so much, Powell has helped out.

"Anything she says to the news media, anything she says to the NCAA, anything that she says in a book by her, those are all statements by her."

Within the past couple of days, UofL's Board of Trustees has called a special meeting. It will be Thursday, November 5 at 2 p.m. The timing might suggest that the sex scandal could be on the table for discussion, but the university says no official agenda has been set yet for the trustees.
 
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