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Louisville basketball scandal update: Grand jury subpoenas issued

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Hold onto your butts.

The Office of the Commonwealth Attorney in Jefferson County, Kentucky, has begun issuing grand jury subpoenas in the case of the sex scandal involving the Louisville men's basketball program, a source familiar with the proceedings told Outside the Lines.

A spokesman for Commonwealth Attorney Thomas B. Wine declined to comment when reached Friday morning.

"We don't comment on investigations that we are doing," spokesman Jeff Cooke said.

When asked if he would at least confirm that a grand jury will hear evidence in the case, Cooke responded: "No, I can't. That's the nature of the proceeding. I couldn't comment on any case."

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Powell, who first spoke to Indianapolis Business Journal Book Publishing, has said that former Louisville graduate assistant Andre McGee arranged the parties and paid her $10,000 for supplying dancers.

"We have received a subpoena at IBJ Book Publishing and we are to appear [before the grand jury] November 5th," publisher Patricia Keiffner Said Friday. Keiffner declined further comment.

"Kentucky grand jury proceedings are secret and Kentucky law prohibits anyone who has received a grand jury subpoena from commenting. However, as of this moment, Ms. Powell has not received any subpoena from the Commonwealth or any other government agency," said Larry Wilder, Powell's Jeffersonville, Indiana-based attorney.

Even if the NCAA is never privy to the grand jury transcripts (which is likely if no charges are pursued), it would appear as though someone is going to get the complete truth before this whole thing is wrapped up. Who, if anyone, that benefits is something we'll have to wait to see.