Surprisingly, one of the most interesting characters to emerge from the whole Bernie Fine mess has been Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.
His initial outburst over lack of knowledge regarding calling Syracuse a "fiefdom," is the stuff of legend. His showdown with the mayor and SPD pulled focus off the accusations and turned it into a turf war. He begrudgingly turned things over to the feds but kept talking. Despite it no longer being his case, he made comments about Zach Tomaselli, calling him "dubious," and claimed "there is no fourth accuser" even as a fourth accuser stepped forward. And then he was proven right when the fourth accuser admitted to making it all up.' original claims to Syracuse police, which included
Now he's parlayed all of this into a new segment on CNYCentral called Inside Justice with Bill Fitzpatrick. And he dropped a new bombshell on the Bernie Fine accusations.
One of Bernie Fine’s accusers initially told Syracuse police the former Syracuse University coach molested him in early 2002 while he was attending an away game against the University of Connecticut, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said today.
But Fitzpatrick said that after law enforcement authorities discovered that SU never played UConn during the 2001-02 season, Zach Tomaselli changed his story.
Of course, Tomaselli's story was already questionable given that he tweaked his bus story three times as well. Tomaselli claims that he was initially unsure which school he followed the team to but was reminded by a friend that it was Pittsburgh, not Connecticut.
"I was 13 at the time. I had been in the northeast less than three or four months. That was not something I remembered, the specific city. I did once I thought about it," Tomaselli said. "The minute I actually thought about it I knew it was Pittsburgh. One hundred percent."
Minutes later, Tomaselli said, "I don’t think I ever told the police it was in Connecticut. I’m 90 percent sure I did not even tell Connecticut to a police dispatcher. That 10 percent, I might have said it was a rivalry game, possibly Connecticut."
Tomaselli is currently suing Bernie Fine in a civil suit in Allegheny County Court. Hopefully Tomaselli's lawyer has figured out which hotel Zach stayed in by now.