DA: Charges not Likely Against Fine

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick addressed the media on Wednesday morning, and it appears as if no charges will be filed against Bernie Fine - as initially expected.

Bernie Fine remains atop the Central New York news, but several national media outlets carried a press conference Wednesday morning held by Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.

After recapping most of the known events and investigations against the former associate Syracuse basketball coach, Fitzpatrick eluded to the fact that the statue of limitations will hold up in the case against Fine in New York. That means that charges are not likely in the state, though Fine is most certainly not in the clear.

The third alleged victim, Zach Tomaselli, alleges that the abuse from Fine occurred in Pittsburgh in 2002. If the Pennsylvania State police and Federal authorities find enough information in Tomaselli's allegations, Fine can be charged because of the federal offense of stepping outside of state lines in 2002.

Near the end of the press conference, Fitzpatrick defended the role on SU chancellor Nancy Cantor and head basketball coach Jim Boeheim, after calling out local police and raising similar questions to that of the local and national media and public.

The D.A. closed the session with an apology to Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, the first two alleged victims, who were both considered "credible." Fitzpatrick said: "I'm sorry it took so long."

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