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« Reply #140 on: February 20, 2012, 09:24:11 AM »

http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/573876/lawyers-for-davis--lang-claim-clients-wouldn-t-get-impartial-trial-in-onondaga-county/
Lawyers for Davis, Lang claim clients wouldn’t get impartial trial in Onondaga County
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February 15, 2012

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« Reply #141 on: February 20, 2012, 09:26:26 AM »

http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/573999/lt--governor-stays-clear-of-local-feud/
Lt. Governor stays clear of local feud
February 16, 2012


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, a former police chief, is steering clear of a Syracuse dispute between the county's District Attorney and the city's police chief. There has been an ongoing dispute between William Fitzpatrick and Frank Fowler dating back to the initial investigation of abuse charges against former SU associate coach Bernie Fine.
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« Reply #142 on: February 20, 2012, 09:29:55 AM »

http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/573635/new-questions-in-fine-case/
New questions in Fine case
By: Bill Carey
February 13, 2012

A U.S. Attorney's probe continues into the case of Bernie Fine. The former associate basketball coach at Syracuse University is under investigation for alleged sexual abuse. The case sparked tensions between the Onondaga County DA and Syracuse Police. And now those tensions may be on the increase. YNN's Bill Carey said police believe DA Fitzpatrick, despite his denials, may have been aware of the allegations against Fine as long as 10 years ago.
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« Reply #143 on: February 20, 2012, 09:32:20 AM »

http://www.dailyorange.com/news/fine-allegations-davis-lang-fight-to-keep-defamation-lawsuit-in-nyc-1.2783378
Fine allegations | Davis, Lang fight to keep defamation lawsuit in NYC
By By Marwa Eltagouri Asst. News Editor
Published February 15, 2012, Updated February 16, 2012

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« Reply #144 on: February 20, 2012, 09:34:34 AM »

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/syracuse-basketball-coach-jim-boeheim-influence-home-county-court-papers-move-bernie-fine-case-article-1.1023568
Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim has too much influence in home county, say court papers trying to move Bernie Fine case
Argument over if case should be heard in Manhattan or Onondaga County

By Barbara Ross / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
February 16, 2012

Syracuse University and its head basketball coach are too powerful and revered in Onondaga County for a local jury to be unbiased when considering a sex scandal hanging over the school's star studded basketball team.

That's the thrust of legal papers filed Wednesday in Onondaga County where lawyers for the university, coach Jim Boeheim and the chief accusers are battling over whether the case should be litigated there or in Manhattan.
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« Reply #145 on: February 20, 2012, 09:59:01 PM »

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/02/slander_suit_against_syracuse.html
Syracuse or NYC? Judge will hear arguments on where suit against Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim should be decided
By Mike McAndrew / The Post-Standard
February 20, 2012

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Lawyers for Syracuse University and head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will try to persuade a state Supreme Court justice Tuesday to move a slander suit filed by two of Bernie Fine’s accusers from New York City to Syracuse.

Attorneys for former SU ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang will contend at the 10 a.m. hearing at the Onondaga County Courthouse that an impartial jury cannot be found in Syracuse because SU basketball is so popular here and the university is a big employer.

State Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph could rule on the issue Tuesday or reserve his decision.
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« Reply #146 on: February 23, 2012, 06:57:32 PM »

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/florida-house-committee-passes-bill-to-punish-schools-2194966.html
Florida House committee passes bill to punish schools that fail to report molestation
By Dara Kam
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
February 23, 2012

A House panel unanimously approved a measure that would punish universities, colleges and schools for failing to report child molestation with a $1 million fine per incident and heightened penalties for child molesters.

Child sexual abuse scandals at Penn State University, Syracuse University and the Citadel prompted Rep. Chris Dorworth to sponsor the measure at the request of influential lobbyist Ron Book, whose daughter Lauren is a child abuse survivor.

The scandals at the universities outside Florida exposed loopholes in state law, Book said, about required reporting of suspected sexual abuse on minors.

Current law only requires people to report suspected child sexual abuse if the perpetrator is believed to be a caretaker of the child. The bill (HB 1355) would change that, and also require that the Department of Children and Families child abuse hotline handle reports of any kind. Currently hotline operators accept all calls but refer some callers to law enforcement agencies.

"What you find is that universities, especially ones that have popular athletic programs, people try to protect those institutions. And when they do that, they make a decision that the institution is more important than the child," Dorworth, R-Lake Mary.
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« Reply #147 on: February 28, 2012, 11:14:51 AM »

http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-22/sports/31087906_1_claims-jim-boeheim-ruling
NY judge: Boeheim slander suit moving to Syracuse
February 22, 2012

The defamation lawsuit filed by two former ball boys against Syracuse University and head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will be heard in Syracuse, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Bobby Davis and Michael Lang filed their suit in New York City, claiming Boeheim slandered them by saying they were out for money after their allegations of abuse by former assistant coach Bernie Fine surfaced in November. They fought a motion by the school and Boeheim to hear the case in Syracuse, where they don’t believe they’ll get a fair hearing because of Boeheim’s high standing in the community.

But Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph said the two men did not provide sufficient proof that Syracuse jurors would be biased. He said while there may be local residents unqualified to serve on a jury for this case, there are about 350,000 people in the county to choose from.
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« Reply #148 on: February 28, 2012, 11:17:41 AM »

http://online.wsj.com/article/AP1e5c0deec62645d2b3dbc03234d574af.html
SU accusers headline push for new sex abuse laws
February 28, 2012

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Bobby Davis and Michael Lang are scheduled to be a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the state capitol to push a bill that extends the statute of limitations and opens a one-year grace period for sex abuse accusations that would previously have been barred by current law.
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« Reply #149 on: February 29, 2012, 04:37:06 PM »

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/02/judge_signs_order_to_dismiss_z.html
Judge signs order to dismiss Zach Tomaselli's order of protection from Bernie Fine
By Emily Kulkus / The Post-Standard
February 29, 2012

A judge in Maine dismissed today an order of protection against former Syracuse University basketball coach Bernie Fine at the request of one of Fine’s accusers, Zach Tomaselli.

Tomaselli obtained a temporary order of protection from Fine on Feb. 6, claiming the former coach was harassing him by phone.

Federal agents are investigating Tomaselli’s allegation that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room when Tomaselli was 13.

The dismissal, dated Wednesday, says the order of protection is dismissed with prejudice, meaning Tomaselli cannot bring the issue back to court, according to a Lewiston District Court clerk.

The protection order was dropped before a judge held a hearing to review any evidence. A hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday to determine if the order should be made permanent.

Maine attorney Lenny Sharon, who was representing Fine, said last week that his office was investigating Tomaselli’s claims that Fine was harassing him by phone over the abuse allegations.

Sharon said Tuesday that Fine denied Tomaselli’s claim that he had been harassing Tomaselli but “we assure Zach that he has nothing to worry about regarding any contact from Bernard Fine now or in the future.”
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« Reply #150 on: March 09, 2012, 09:21:49 PM »

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/03/rev_robert_hoatson_plans_to_pr.html
Rev. Robert Hoatson plans to protest Syracuse University at Big East Tournament in NYC
By Emily Kulkus / The Post-Standard
March 9, 2012

The founder of a support group for sex abuse victims plans to protest Syracuse University outside Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday night during the Big East Tournament.

Rev. Robert Hoatson, founder of Road to Recovery, sent a press release Friday morning saying he and others plan to protest "the ongoing revelations of sexual and drug abuse that continue to unravel at Syracuse University and its athletic programs."

The protest is planned for 6 p.m. Friday outside Madison Square Garden in New York. Syracuse plays Cincinnati at 7 p.m.

Hoatson, of New Jersey, has been vocal in the ongoing Bernie Fine sex abuse scandal, repeatedly calling for the university to fire head coach Jim Boeheim. Friday's press release also refers to an ongoing NCAA investigation into a recent report that up to 10 former SU basketball players failed drug tests since 2001 but the university continued to allow them to play. The story was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
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« Reply #151 on: March 15, 2012, 07:09:13 PM »

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/03/experts_say_ncaa_likely_wont_i.html
Experts say NCAA likely won't investigate 1990s violations alleged by Bobby Davis
By Emily Kulkus / The Post-Standard
March 14, 2012

Three NCAA experts say violations involving Syracuse University’s basketball team alleged by one of Bernie Fine’s accusers are likely too minor and too old for the collegiate sports organization to investigate.

The NCAA and SU will not say if the NCAA is investigating Bobby Davis’ allegations that Laurie Fine, the wife of SU’s former longtime assistant coach, had sex with players, gave them gifts, lent them money and her car, and did a player’s laundry during the 1990s.

Whether the allegations are true or not, experts say, the NCAA rarely strays from its four-year statute of limitations.

“I can’t ever imagine someone looking back 20 years. It’s unthinkable to me,” said Gene Marsh, an attorney who worked for the NCAA from 1996 to 2003 and served on its infractions committee 1999 to 2008. Marsh said he was speaking generally about the NCAA.
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SU said last week that the NCAA is investigating incidents of former basketball players failing drug tests but continuing to play. The report by Yahoo Sports said up to 10 players since 2001 failed the tests. SU said the inquiry does not involve current players.

Marsh said he can remember the NCAA investigating beyond its four-year statute only when there’s a pattern of offenses that continues.

“They may have reached back five years or six if they had a booster who gave money consistently,” Marsh said, “but never in any circumstance where they went back any further than that.”

Davis’ affidavit includes three dates in which he says improprieties that could be NCAA violations occurred: 1993, 1996 and 1997. That would make the alleged violations 19, 16 and 15 years old — ancient by NCAA standards, according to Marsh and others.

David Ridpath is one of the country’s best-known NCAA watchdogs. Now a professor at Ohio University, Ridpath won a judgment in 2009 from Marshall University claiming he was unfairly fired as compliance director during an NCAA investigation into the football program.

“I read the (Davis) affidavit and I don’t think there is an NCAA issue here,” Ridpath said. “Even with the NCAA wading into Penn State, I have my doubts they would go here even if it was within the statute of limitations.”
The NCAA told Penn State in early November it was monitoring the sexual abuse scandal there involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky. The NCAA issued a letter to Penn State on Nov. 17 — the same day ESPN first aired the sexual abuse allegations against Bernie Fine — asking if the university broke any rules in the scandal.
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« Reply #152 on: March 15, 2012, 07:11:17 PM »

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/03/boeheims_comments_about_fine_a.html
Boeheim's comments about Bernie Fine's accusers were constitutionally protected opinions, lawyers contend
By John O'Brien / The Post-Standard
March 13, 2012

Syracuse, NY -- Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim was using hyperbole, sarcasm and rhetoric last year when he said two of Bernie Fine’s accusers were lying, according to court papers filed today in Onondaga County by lawyers for Boeheim and SU.

Courts have held that such expressions of opinion are protected by the state and federal constitutions and should not be the subject of a defamation lawsuit, the papers said.

Lawyers for Boeheim and SU are scheduled to appear in court April 27 before state Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph to make their case that the lawsuit filed by former SU ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang should be dismissed.
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Davis, 40, and Lang, 45, sued Boeheim for slander in December over his public comments that their allegations against Fine were lies and that they were only out to make money. Davis and Lang accused Fine, Boeheim’s longtime assistant coach, of molesting them more than 20 years ago.

Ten days after making those comments, Boeheim apologized.

“The reasonable reader encountering Boeheim’s initial statements, which were replete with rhetoric and hyperbole, could conclude only that he was expressing his opinion,” the court papers said. They were written by two lawyers for Boeheim – James Zeszutek of Pittsburgh and Timothy Murphy of Syracuse – and a lawyer for SU – Andrew Levine of New York City.

Davis’ and Lang’s lawyer, Gloria Allred of Los Angeles, declined to comment.

Fine, 66, has not been charged and has denied all wrongdoing. SU fired him in November.
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« Reply #153 on: April 04, 2012, 10:45:56 AM »

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/28/amid-sexual-molestation-allegations-ex-cuse-assistant-fine-puts-house-on-market/
Amid Sexual Molestation Allegations, Ex-’Cuse Assistant Fine Puts House On Market
March 28, 2012


http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/578562/bernie-fine-s-house-for-sale/
Bernie Fine's house for sale
March 28, 2012

ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Bernie Fine's house in DeWitt is now for sale, with an asking price of more than $549,000. Fine, the former assistant SU men's basketball coach, bought the home for $285,000 in 2001.
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« Reply #154 on: April 09, 2012, 09:40:56 PM »

http://www.wmtw.com/news/maine/central/Bernie-Fine-accuser-to-be-sentenced-in-Maine/-/8791976/10365880/-/dmf0pfz/-/
Bernie Fine accuser to be sentenced in Maine
Zach Tomaselli pleaded guilty to sex abuse

April 9, 2012

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In December, Zach Tomaselli pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday.

Tomaselli is the man who accused former Syracuse basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him in 2002.

Tomaselli has agreed to drop his request for an order of protection against Fine.
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« Reply #155 on: April 13, 2012, 03:00:21 PM »

Should we believe a proven liar?  Zach Tomaselli's lies gum it up for the victims of abuse. JMHO   


http://msn.foxsports.com/collegebasketball/story/bernie-fine-accuser-zach-tomaselli-claims-he-was-told-to-lie-about-sexual-abuse-041312
Bernie Fine accuser: I was told to lie
April 13, 2012

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« Reply #156 on: April 13, 2012, 03:03:28 PM »

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20120413/SPORTS03/704139935/-1/sports
Lawyers: Don’t dismiss Boeheim abuse comments suit
April 13, 2012

SYRACUSE — Syracuse University head basketball coach Jim Boeheim not only defamed two former ball boys but he also helped intimidate other people from coming forward when he called the men opportunistic liars for accusing an assistant coach of child sexual abuse, according to the men’s lawyers.

They made the arguments in court papers filed Wednesday opposing motions by Boeheim and the university to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Bobby Davis and Michael Lang after Boeheim contested their claims they were abused by former assistant coach Bernie Fine.

The defendants have argued Boeheim was expressing constitutionally protected opinions laced with “rhetoric and hyperbole.”

But the men’s lawyers said in the court papers that he made demonstrably false statements to discredit their clients when he spoke to a number of media outlets after the allegations against Fine were made public in November.
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Boeheim backed Fine by saying Davis was looking to cash in on the publicity surrounding the Penn State sex abuse scandal. He later apologized amid criticism from victims’ rights advocates.

His lawyers also noted the coach’s “well-known reputation for bluntly expressing himself” and said opinions “no matter how offensive, cannot be the subject of an action for defamation.”

Davis and Lang’s lawyers counter that “branding someone a liar in the specific way Boeheim did here is defamatory and not privileged in any way.” They argue that the men “have every right to vindicate their reputation by proving Boeheim’s statements false.”

The motion to dismiss the lawsuit is set to be argued April 27. Fine has denied wrongdoing and hasn’t been charged.
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« Reply #157 on: April 17, 2012, 11:35:07 PM »

http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/Admitted-liar-in-Fine-case-hasn-t-deterred/c6EX-Zi3b0OZ1FyvD90LvA.cspx
Admitted liar in Fine case hasn’t deterred victims’ advocates
April 17, 2012

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Child sex-abuse victims’ advocates are encouraging more to come forward even after one of Bernie Fine’s accusers has admitted that he made up his story of abuse by the former coach.

Zach Tomaselli has admitted that he lied about Fine abusing him in a Pittsburgh hotel the night before a Syracuse University men’s basketball game. And although he wasn’t the only reason, the third accuser helped prompt attention to the issue and a Federal investigation.

"I think if there was a silver lining in all of this attention it's that there is a conversation in our community and across the country in regards to child sexual abuse,” said Julie Cecile of the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center.
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Cecile says Tomaselli’s admission shouldn’t stop people from trusting a victim’s story of abuse. She says national statistics show that only one to two percent falsely report sex abuse.
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« Reply #158 on: April 25, 2012, 10:08:39 PM »

 
http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7829962/bernie-fine-fine-accuser-zach-tomaselli-again-changes-tune-claims-sexual-abuse-child
Zach Tomaselli claims sexual abuse
Tomaselli Changes Story Again

April 19, 2012

Zach Tomaselli, just five days after saying he had been lying the past few months about his claims that former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine sexually abused him as a child, said Wednesday he was indeed abused by Fine.

Tomaselli released a statement on Wednesday in direct contradiction to his previous comments to Syracuse local media last Friday.

"Yes, my credibility with the media is shot but I am not going to give up now," Tomaselli said in a statement. "Bernie molested me. PERIOD."

Tomaselli said he was upset at what he called negative coverage by the media.

Tomaselli, who pleaded guilty to molesting a boy when the victim was 13 and 14 years old, was sentenced to three years and three months and reported to prison Wednesday.
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« Reply #159 on: April 28, 2012, 10:43:59 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/bernie-fine-lands-consulting-job-israeli-team-16220287
Bernie Fine Lands Consulting Job With Israeli Team
April 26, 2012

Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has a new job.

The 66-year-old Fine has been hired as a consultant by the Maccabi "Bazan" Haifa franchise of the Israeli Basketball Super League. The team made the announcement Thursday.

Fine will be based in the U.S. and will consult on player personnel decisions and help in the search for a new coach.
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