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« on: November 19, 2011, 10:37:41 AM »

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-penn-state-syracuse-wrap-20111118,0,3771298.story
Coach sex scandal roils Syracuse
November 18, 2011

Sex-abuse claims scandalized a third university campus this autumn as allegations surfaced that Bernie Fine, Syracuse University associate head basketball coach, molested two ball boys starting more than two decades ago.

Fine was placed on administrative leave Thursday night as Syracuse city police reopened an investigation of the allegations.
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In the Syracuse University case, Bobby Davis, 39, told ESPN that Fine molested him "hundreds of times" over 16 years, starting when he was in the fifth or sixth grade.

Davis alleged the touching included rubbing his genitals and occurred at Fine's home, at university basketball facilities and on team road trips.

Although police told Davis they could not pursue the charges because the statute of limitations had expired and a university investigation foundered when witnesses denied knowledge of any wrongdoing by the coach, fresh allegations by Davis' stepbrother, 45-year-old Mike Lang, rekindled the case.

Lang said Fine also molested him 15 to 20 times. Both Lang and Davis worked as ball boys for the Syracuse basketball team.

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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 10:40:33 AM »

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/11/18/142499242/syracuse-assistant-coach-put-on-leave-after-new-accusation
Syracuse Assistant Coach Put On Leave After New Accusation
By Mark Memmott
November 18, 2011

Update at 3:50 p.m. ET: Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has called the accusations about him "patently false," The Associated Press reports.

Our original post:

The scandal at Penn State over allegations that an assistant football coach sexually abused young boys for more than a decade was followed by word about a similar situation at South Carolina's The Citadel, as we reported earlier this week.

Now there's the news that Syracuse University assistant men's basketball coach Bernie Fine has been put on administrative leave as city police there investigate allegations from two men that he molested them in the 1980s when they were ball boys for the team.
 

There are important differences between the cases. Unlike in the Penn State and Citadel situations, no one has been arrested or charged with a crime. And as Syracuse's Post-Standard details at length, the newspaper and ESPN had both investigated the claims from one of the men in 2002 and 2003 and found that none of the witnesses he had said would corroborate his story could actually do that. The university says it investigated in 2005 and also didn't substantiate the accusation.

It's the new claim, from a second man, that have led Syracuse police to open an investigation.

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The team's head coach, Jim Boeheim, issued a strong statement defending his assistant:

    "This matter was fully investigated by the University in 2005 and it was determined that the allegations were unfounded. I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would be involved in any of the activities alleged. Had I seen or suspected anything, I would have taken action. Bernie has my full support."


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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 01:40:22 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/bigeast/story/2011-11-19/former-syracuse-players-react-allegations/51311186/1
Abuse allegations shock former Syracuse players
November 19, 2011

Leo Rautins doesn't have all the details. No one does.
That's what the police investigation into allegations that longtime Syracuse University basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine molested two former ball boys could reveal in time. But the former SU star knows this:

"The Bernie Fine I know, I support 100 percent," Rautins said. "He's someone I've trusted with my own children."
The most well-known, of course, was former All-Big East guard Andy Rautins, who starred for the 2009-10 Syracuse team that reached No. 1 in the country. Only a few weeks after the Penn State child-abuse sex scandal involving former longtime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, Syracuse finds itself at the epicenter of another storm.

Like fans and other former Syracuse players, Leo Rautins reacted with disbelief Friday over the charges that Fine, head coach Jim Boeheim's right-hand man since Boeheim took over in 1976, is guilty of misconduct. Bobby Davis, 39, has accused Fine, 65, of molesting him starting in 1983 just before Davis entered seventh grade. Mike Lang, 45, Davis' stepbrother, also claims he was molested by Fine around the same time.

Fine called the accusations "patently false" Friday and said he's "confident, as in the past, a review of these allegations will be discredited and restore my reputation."

Syracuse Police said Thursday they've reopened the investigation on charges first brought to them in 2003 by Davis but were dismissed after four people Davis said would corroborate his claims failed to do so.

So much for Saturday's game at the Carrier Dome being an ordinary early season matchup for the fifth-ranked Orange (3-0) against usually overmatched neighbor, Colgate (1-1). Tip-off is at 4 p.m. and on Time Warner Channel 26. In the absence of Fine, who has been put on administrative leave, former SU star and graduate assistant manager, Gerry McNamara, was elevated Friday to the coaching staff.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2011, 01:43:33 PM »

http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/7248184/syracuse-police-investigating-bernie-fine-molesting-boy-1980s
Syracuse's Bernie Fine placed on leave
November 18, 2011

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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2011, 02:54:03 PM »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/syracuse-chancellors-letter-to-alumni/2011/11/19/gIQAf08bbN_blog.html
Syracuse chancellor’s letter to alumni
November 19, 2011
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2011, 04:19:31 PM »

http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Syracuse-s-Fine-calls-allegations-patently-false-2277613.php
Syracuse's Fine calls allegations 'patently false'
November 14, 2011
JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer

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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2011, 03:48:38 PM »

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/da_william_fitzpatrick_says_be.html
DA William Fitzpatrick says Bernie Fine investigation to take several weeks
November 20, 2011

Syracuse, NY - Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick today said his office's investigation of sex abuse allegations against Syracuse University associate basketball coach Bernie Fine will likely take several weeks to conclude.
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The DA said he would not comment on who had or had not been talked to by his office at this point.

Friday, Fitzpatrick said he planned a full investigation into the accusations against Fine as well as into what was done when Davis previously reported his allegations to the Syracuse Police Department in 2002 and to SU in 2005.

The DA expressed concern Friday that his office had not been notified about either time David had come forward previously with his allegations.

SU officials Friday provided the prosecutor's office a copy of the report its legal counsel prepared after its investigation of Davis' complaints in 2005. That investigation found no evidence to corroborate Davis' claims, SU officials have said.

Fitzpatrick, who was out of town today when contacted by phone, said he had not yet had a chance to review the details of that report to see who was interviewed and what Davis actually reported to SU at the time.

He also said his office had not yet received any reports generated by the city police in 2002 based on Davis' initial contention to authorities that he had been molested by Fine from the time he was 12 or 13 - and a ballboy at SU - to the time he was 28.

Fitzpatrick said he expected to have any police reports from that 2002 encounter between Davis and police in his office Monday.
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2011, 03:52:59 PM »

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2011/11/bobby-davis-responds-to-jim-boeheims-defense-of-bernie-fine/1
Bobby Davis responds to Jim Boeheim's defense of Bernie Fine
November 20, 2011

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A man accusing Syracuse associate coach Bernie Fine of molesting him as a child and into adulthood has responded to comments made by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who is defending his long-time assistant and has said the man and another accuser, both former ball boys, are lying and motivated by money.

"How does he know what happened at Bernie's house at night?" Bobby Davis, 39, said on ESPN.
Davis alleges that Fine began molesting him before he entered seventh grade.
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Fine denied the accusations in a statement released by his lawyer Friday. The university placed him on administrative leave last week pending an investigation.

New York law experts have told USA TODAY that Davis and the other accuser, Mike Lang, 45, appear to have no grounds for a criminal case or civil recourse to sue. Civil lawsuits must be filed within a year of the alleged offense or a within a year of the victim 18th's birthday. The statute of limitations for criminal charges is five years from the victim's 18th birthday.

"There's no case here," New York University law professor Martin Guggenheim said Friday.

That seems to debunk Boeheim's theory that the accusers are out for money.


"I just don't want it to happen anymore," Davis told ESPN, breaking down in tears. "A guy that hurt me a lot … he's hurting people still. I just want him to get help. I want him to stop."
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2011, 05:54:27 PM »

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/espn_report_on_syracuses_berni.html
ESPN report on Syracuse's Bernie Fine was 'irresponsible,' Fox Sports columnist says
November 21, 2011

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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2011, 10:15:03 PM »

http://www.boston.com/sports/colleges/mens_basketball/articles/2011/11/21/police_probe_of_syracuse_assistant_to_take_weeks/
Police probe of Syracuse assistant to take weeks
November 21, 2011

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Syracuse Police said Monday it will take several weeks to investigate allegations by two former ball boys who said they were molested more than 25 years ago by a Syracuse University assistant basketball coach.
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick's office also is investigating the allegations lodged against Bernie Fine. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said police will not release information on the investigation "in piecemeal fashion."

Fine has been placed on paid administrative leave by the university. In his 36th season as an assistant to Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Fine has called the charges "patently false," asked for a quick review, and expressed confidence he would be vindicated.
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Davis previously reported his allegations to Syracuse police in 2002 and to the university in 2005. Police declined to pursue the case because the statute of limitations had expired, and the university could not corroborate his claims during a four-month investigation.

Davis had said interviews with four other people would support his allegations, but all denied any knowledge of wrongful conduct by Fine, according to the university.
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Students were mostly gone from campus on Monday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. A handful of protesters gathered near the main entrance and called for the elimination of the state's statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases.

"It's time to stop hiding behind the statute of limitations," said Richard Tollner of the New York Coalition to Protect Children. "Children must have a voice."

Prosecutions in New York state for felony sex abuse of a child have to begin within five years after authorities learn about it, or within five years after a child turns 18.

Paul DerOhannesian, defense attorney and former Albany County prosecutor, said the five-year statute of limitations has clearly passed for any alleged crimes in this case if they took place in New York. Any out-of-state incidents during basketball road trips would be subject to the laws of those states, which might not have the same limits, he said.

DerOhannesian said the prosecutor also can bring information and witnesses before a grand jury to do a fact-finding report and recommend changes in the law.
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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2011, 10:16:46 PM »

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/onondaga_county_district_attor_5.html
Onondaga County district attorney's office seeks Bernie Fine records
November 21, 2011

Syracuse, N.Y. -- A showdown looms Tuesday between the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office and the Syracuse Police Department over the records relating to the sexual abuse allegations against Associate Syracuse University Coach Bernie Fine.

Monday, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick went to court and obtained a subpoena requiring the police to turn over the records from 2002 to the present for presentation to a grand jury today, he said.

But when that subpoena was delivered to Deputy Chief Sean Broton, it was rejected, the district attorney said.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2011, 07:03:31 PM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/22/us-syracuse-investigation-idUSTRE7AL2TE20111122
Syracuse University basketball coach investigators spar
November 22, 2011

(Reuters) - Authorities conducting separate investigations of an Syracuse University assistant basketball coach accused of inappropriate behavior with a ball boy sparred on Tuesday over sharing information.

The two sets of law enforcement -- Onandaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and the Syracuse Police Department -- met at a hearing in state Supreme Court but their differences were not resolved, the prosecutor's office said.

The district attorney launched a grand jury investigation last week into allegations against Bernie Fine, the university's associate head basketball coach.

Fitzpatrick has said the Syracuse police, which has reopened its own investigation into Fine, had refused to share its information with him.
The alleged behavior by Fine took place in the 1980s and 1990s when the accuser was a juvenile. He has been identified as Bobby Davis, now 39, a former team ball boy.

Fine has called the allegations, "patently false in every aspect." He was cleared by a four-month university investigation in 2005.

Syracuse police reopened its investigation when a second accuser, Davis's stepbrother, came forward.

Fine, in his 35th season with Syracuse, was placed on leave last week.

Hoping to obtain what information the police have, the district attorney issued a subpoena to compel the police to cooperate.

The court hearing on Tuesday regarding the subpoena was sealed by Judge James Murphy, and the parties involved were forbidden from discussing the dispute, said Rick Trunfio, a spokesman for the district attorney.
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2011, 07:06:21 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/dispute-simmers-syracuse-coach-investigation-15009504
Dispute Simmers Over Syracuse Coach Investigation
November 22, 2011

A prosecutor frustrated that police won't turn over records about a sexual abuse investigation into Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine now has a subpoena, but the dispute over the material won't be settled this week.

Attorneys for Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and Mayor Stephanie Miner appeared Tuesday before state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Murphy, who ordered the proceeding sealed.

Fitzpatrick issued a subpoena for records from a police investigation into Fine in 2002, but Miner said the city police department won't turn over records in a "piecemeal" fashion to any entity, including the prosecutor. She said police first will conduct a thorough investigation.

Both sides are due back in Murphy's chambers next Tuesday.
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Fitzpatrick said that when the subpoena was delivered to police on Monday it was greeted with an obscenity.

"I've never seen this happen in my history with the DA's office," Fitzpatrick told The Post-Standard of Syracuse about the lack of police cooperation. But he added: "The records are going to be provided."

Chief Assistant District Attorney Domenic Trunfio said Tuesday that a full grand jury investigation will be conducted.

Fitzpatrick said he took the unusual step of getting a subpoena from a judge after police refused requests for information since Thursday, when ESPN first reported the allegations.

Miner released a statement Monday saying no information would be shared until police complete their investigation.
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2011, 09:14:35 AM »

http://www.nj.com/college-basketball/index.ssf/2011/11/dalessandro_in_syracuse_scandal_boeheim_may_be_loyal_to_a_fault_or_media_could_be_to_blame.html
D'Alessandro: In Syracuse scandal, Jim Boeheim may be loyal to a fault or media could be to blame
November 23, 2011

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He had come to speak about his Syracuse team opening the preseason NIT at the Garden tonight, but maintaining that loyalty might be the greatest challenge Boeheim faces this season.

If Jim Boeheim’s right, and Bernie Fine is innocent, somebody is due a pretty big apology. If Jim Boeheim is wrong, and his longtime associate head coach is guilty of molesting two former ball boys, well ... appearance aside, he is not quite ready to deal with that emotionally.

On the eighth floor of the Marriott Marquis, inside the bright and glitzy Broadway Lounge, he said this after the third question about Fine:

“I made one statement. I think it was the right statement. I don’t have to repeat it, everyone’s seen it. I support Bernie. Like I said, known him for 50 years. If something else happens, some factual things, then we’ll have to adjust to that.”
It’s hard to wrap your mind around all the facts, especially since decades have passed since the alleged misdeeds, especially when the ordeal that threatens to drown Jim Boeheim is either a heinous crime or a hasty story grab by a network that also feathers the nests of college coaches everywhere.

So, just as any of us would be thunderstruck by this, especially if we’re defending a friend, Boeheim stuck to the Q-and-non-A format:

“I mentioned that there were three investigations into this, and nothing was found,” he said. “Now there’s going to be another investigation and we’re going to have to see what’s there. Until then, you know … I literally don’t have any facts.”

So we asked him: Did the media jump the gun on this?

He did a double take. “That’s not for me to say,” he replied. Then, a rare smirk. Another glance over his shoulder. “Read Jason Whitlock,” he suggested, referring to the national columnist who smashed ESPN to pieces Tuesday for airing the Bobby Davis allegations against Fine, while we were all still dizzy from Penn State.

His point was clear. They’re always moving the line when it comes to journalistic standards, but in this case, if this story wasn’t good enough back in 2003 for ESPN — when Davis first made his allegations — it may not be good enough for ESPN in 2011, either.

But the network believed the corroboration of the Davis’ stepbrother, Michael Lang, was enough to tip the scales. ESPN concluded that Lang, who also claims to have been molested by Fine in the 1970s, is the second, credible witness it needed to go forward with the story. The resulting clamor, of course, was enough for police to initiate its investigation.

ESPN, however, never asked some pertinent questions.

If Lang was abused by Fine all those years ago, why would he expose his stepbrother to the same man, and allow Davis to take a ball boy job that would leave him as vulnerable as he had been himself? Why didn’t Lang corroborate Davis’ story back in 2003, when the Syracuse Post-Standard and ESPN and the university all spoke to him? Was Lang’s decades-long brain freeze really a case of “denial”?

You wonder whether ESPN asked itself: Is Lang really the kind of guy we want to base the credibility of your story on?

Another investigation may not resolve this. The accuser is either telling the truth, or a partial truth, or he’s contrived a story with somebody who still has to explain why he allowed his brother to be victimized.

Jim Boeheim, whether he wants to admit it or not, awaits the same answers.

“I have no inkling, ever, no inkling of anything,” he said.

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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2011, 09:17:38 AM »

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/accusers_biggest_fan_helped_pr.html
Accuser's biggest fan helped prompt Bernie Fine sex abuse investigation
November 23, 2011

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« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2011, 12:19:26 PM »

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/document-leak-syracuse-sex-abuse-case-police-district-attorney-odds-article-1.982210?localLinksEnabled=false
Document leak in Syracuse sex abuse case has police, district attorney at odds
A battle over evidence continues

November 23, 2011

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In a news conference Wednesday, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Syracuse police Chief Frank Fowler and Deputy Chief Sean Broton leaked a witness affidavit to embarrass the district attorney’s office over the handling in 2002 of former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis’ initial claims that Fine had molested him.

Mayor Stephanie Miner defended the police officials Wednesday, saying police had conducted themselves “with complete professionalism and integrity.”

The Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper has published details from the affidavit. Miner said Fowler and Broton did not authorize the release of any documents .

Meanwhile, a state judge is expected to decide next week if Fitzpatrick can obtain records from the Syracuse police from their 2002 Fine investigation. Fitzpatrick has issued a subpoena for the records, but Miner said the city’s police department needs to complete a thorough investigation before it turns over its records.

Fitzpatrick said that when the subpoena was delivered to police on Monday it was greeted with an obscenity. “I ’ve never seen this happen in my history with the DA ’s office, ” Fitzpatrick told The Post-Standard of Syracuseabout the lack of police cooperation.

Attorneys for the district attorney and the mayor appeared Tuesday before Supreme Court Judge Thomas Murphy, who ordered the proceeding sealed. Both sides are scheduled to return to Murphy’s chambers next Tuesday.
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Fitzpatrick said he took the unusual step of getting a subpoena from a judge after police refused requests for information since last week, when ESPN first reported the allegations against Fine years
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« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2011, 12:30:07 PM »

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/da_william_fitzpatrick_declare.html
DA William Fitzpatrick declares war on Syracuse police Chief Frank Fowler over Bernie Fine case
November 23, 2011

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« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2011, 08:44:36 PM »

Police in Sex Case Search Syracuse Coach's Home
Published November 25, 2011

SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  Authorities involved in a sexual-abuse investigation of Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine carried out a search at his home Friday but declined to comment on what they were looking for.

New York State Police spokesman Jack Keller said troopers were called to assist the U.S. attorney's office at the search. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Pericak said he "can't confirm or deny" an investigation.

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« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2011, 01:38:32 PM »

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Bernie Fine probe accelerated; authorities search Syracuse assistant’s home
November 26, 2011

Investigators from various agencies, including officers from the U.S. Secret Service, searched the house of Bernie Fine as part of the investigation of sexual abuse allegations against the Syracuse University associate men’s basketball coach.

Dozens of federal agents, officers from Syracuse police and New York State Police converged at about 1:45 p.m. Friday at Fine’s $300,000 DeWitt home at the 7001 Tiffany Circle searching for evidence.

The search was conducted after the U.S. Attorney’s Office obtained a search warrant Friday afternoon.

The officers spent more than 8 hours searching the house of Fine. They searched both inside and outside the home, as well as the surrounding woods.

Authorities looked through items in plastic bags and also examined two SUV’s that were parked in Fine’s driveway.

Their work also included taking pictures, looking through trash and removing three filing cabinets.

According to Syracuse.com, a two-foot high metal filing cabinet was wheeled down the driveway by Syracuse police just before 8 p.m.

It was loaded into the back of a Syracuse police-owned pickup truck, before a second filing cabinet, measuring four-feet, was also loaded into the back of the truck about 15 minutes later.

It was followed by another 4-foot cabinet 15 minutes later.

All the drawers of the said cabinets were secured with tape repeatedly marked with the world “Evidence”, Syracuse.com reported.

Friday’s action suggests that the probe has taken a new direction. Federal prosecutors and the Syracuse police are now working together in the investigation.
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« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2011, 01:43:20 PM »

So, this case has actually been investigated before, right?
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