Elon Musk asked the judge to move the trial of a shareholder lawsuit from San Francisco. He cited concerns that the jury might be biased against him. Reported earlier by CNBC. In Friday depositMusk is asking the judge for a move to West Texas to avoid “domestic negativity”, which is hindering a fair trial.
“Recent local media coverage created an environment that encourages county jury members to hold negative biases against Mr. Musk’s Twitter use,” the filing states. Potential jurors who have negative opinions about Musk’s use and relationship with Twitter as a result this coverage will not able to separate the facts from that underlying bias and will therefore be unable to impartially evaluate Musk’s conduct.
The filing claims that Musk’s mass layoffs of Twitter employees “already created significant bias in the local court.”
It also claims Musk and his offices at San Francisco are often the target of protests that are “encouraged” by local politicians. This “bias,” which results in an unfair trial, reinforces it. If the judge does not decide to move the case to Texas, Where is Tesla headquartersMusk and his lawyers are asking for a postponement to the trial to allow for the “negative feelings” surrounding Musk’s to dissipate.
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