Syracuse U., Boeheim want trial moved upstate
Thursday, January 26, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Attorneys for Syracuse University and men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) want a defamation suit moved to Onondaga County.
Lawyers filed a motion last week to move the suit related to the Bernie Fine sex abuse allegations from New York City to Onondaga County. They argue that Bobby Davis and Mike Lang improperly filed their lawsuit because all the parties are in Onondaga County.
The two former Syracuse ball boys claim Boeheim defamed them when he called them liars out to make money with accusations that Fine, Boeheim's former assistant coach, molested them.
The men's lawyers don't think they'll get a fair trial in Onondaga County because of the basketball team's huge fan base.
The 66-year-old Fine has not been charged. He was fired Nov. 27 and has denied any wrongdoing.