Looks like Tuesday is going to be a pretty big day in the Bernie Fine case up at Syracuse.
UPDATE: The State Supreme Court Justice postponed this case until next Tuesday.
The District Attorney's Office from Onondaga County wants the police reports and records that relate to anything doing with the sexual molestation allegations against Bernie Fine -- plus any other publicly undisclosed records relating to Fine and what would be considered relevant to this case.
William Fitzpatrick, the county D.A., obtained a subpoena Monday, "requiring the police to turn over the records from 2002 to the present for presentation to a grand jury today, he said," according to the Post-Standard.
Police Deputy Chief Shawn Broton, according to the Post-Standard, reacted to being subpoenaed "with an obscenity."
The police didn't immediately oblige. Interesting, right? The fact this battle has also been so public -- and that the DA has been on the record about quite a few things from the get-go -- is also surprising. Now the two sides will go to court Tuesday to determine if the D.A. Office has the right to see the records, or whether the Syracuse Police Department gets to keep things in house now that this case has become warm again.
CBSSports.com filed a request for certain records relating to this case under the Freedom of Information Act last week. We have not heard back from the Syracuse Police Department yet.
Fitzpatrick said he has been asking for the records since Thursday and nothing has been provided. “I pleaded with people to turn over the records,” he said. “I don’t understand this. I’ve heard three different stories about what they have and don’t have.”
Earlier Monday, Mayor Stephanie Miner issued a press statement saying no information would be shared until police complete their investigation. “I directed Chief (Frank) Fowler to allocate as much time and as many resources necessary to conduct a thorough, professional and complete investigation into this case from 2002 to the present,” Miner said in her statement.
“. . . The Syracuse Police Department will not be releasing information about the investigation to the media or any other entity in a piecemeal fashion,” Miner said.
Fitzpatrick is adamant this is going to go his way, and soon.
“The records are going to be provided,” he told the Post-Standard.