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NYC judge rules in favor of SU and Boeheim in defamation suit

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Albany/HV: NYC judge rules in favor of SU and Boeheim in defamation suit
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A New York City judge has ruled in favor of Syracuse University and men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim following a hearing in the defamation suit against them. This all stems from statements Boeheim made after two men came forward claiming they were sexually abused by former associate coach Bernie Fine. YNN's Erin Clarke was in court and explains what happened.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- A New York County Supreme Court judge ruled that information about the sex life of Bernie Fine's wife, Laurie, is irrelevant in the defamation law suit against SU and Jim Boeheim.

"What the judge ruled today is that it's not material and necessary for the issue right now," said legal expert Paul DerOhannesian.

That issue is whether the case is heard in Syracuse or New York City.

Lawyers representing Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, the men who accused Bernie Fine of molesting them, argued a need for names and contact information of basketball players who they said had sex with Laurie Fine in the 1990s to support their case that the trial should remain in New York County.

SU's lawyers argued that none of the parties involved live in New York County and the information is irrelevant to a case they are seeking to have dismissed altogether. The judge shared that sentiment.

"One of the things the judge points out is that this request for information is really based on pure speculation. There's no good faith reason to believe that any of this information will help in the issue," DerOhannesian said.

Legal experts say this type of decision is typically very difficult to appeal.

The next step is a change of venue motion to decide whether the case will be heard in New York County or moved to Onondaga County. That is scheduled for February 21st.

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