Federal Judge Orders Syracuse to Turn Over Bernie Fine Investigation Documents

Jim McIsaac

As part of Laurie Fine's defamation lawsuit against ESPN, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Peebles is ordering Syracuse University to turn over at least 25 documents about its investigation into Bernie Fine regarding the allegations that he sexually-molested a former ball boy, Bobby Davis.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David Peebles wrote in a 16-page order it does not appear that SU was concerned Bobby Davis — one of two former Syracuse ball boys who allege Bernie Fine sexually abused him — would sue when he first contacted the university in 2005. Thus, the judge ruled, these documents are not privileged and must be turned over in 21 days — unless SU appeals. The order is dated Wednesday, but was not available online until Thursday.

Some of these documents include five drafts of a witness statement Davis gave to SU, as well as notes from an interview with him.

The documents would only become public if the case did go to trial. SU is not involved in the lawsuit but the documents were requested by Fine's lawyer. SU has already turned over more than 500 other documents for the case.