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Police mum on Fine case, but DA wants information

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The City of Syracuse and the Onondaga County District Attorney are going to court over access to information related to the investigation into basketball coach Bernie Fine. A judge has issued a subpoena compelling the mayor and police to share what they know related to allegations of sexual abuse. As our Kat De Maria tells us, this comes after the mayor issued a statement refusing to share information with the DA or anyone else until the investigation is complete.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Since Syracuse police launched an investigation into sexual abuse allegations by two men against basketball coach Bernie Fine, there has been a lot of talk: By people on both sides, by supporters on both sides and by people in the community who are learning of the allegations along with the rest of the country.

Now, Mayor Stephanie Miner says the talk will stop, at least from her and police.

"These are terrible allegations. And I think it's a tragedy either way. And we want to make sure we rise above this and we make sure people feel and understand that we are meeting our responsibility, we are investigating all of the information we get and there will be full and complete information the public will be allowed to see and understand when the appropriate time comes," Mayor Miner said.

According to a statement released by the mayor Monday, she and police will not give out information piecemeal to the media or any other entity.

“Is this in any way a statement to the district attorney's office?” our reporter asked.

“No, this is a statement about saying we need to take the time necessary to do a full, thorough and complete investigation," Miner replied.

District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick feels differently. He says his office is the only one with the grand jury and subpoena powers necessary to investigate the charges thoroughly. And Fitzpatrick says he spoke with the mayor, who will not authorize handing over any files now.

"When the information is ripe and when the investigation is ripe, the district attorney and other authorities will be given this information," said Miner.

Fitzpatrick now is trying to force the mayor and the police to give him what they have related to the Bernie Fine investigation. He and the city will be in court Tuesday to make their arguments.

The district attorney says police must appear Tuesday morning either before the grand jury with their files or in court with a motion to quash the subpoena compelling them.

We reached out to the mayor to discuss the court proceedings. Her office says she and police have no further comment at this time.

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