Elon Musk has requested a decide to maneuver an upcoming trial for a shareholder lawsuit out of San Francisco, citing considerations that the jury could have a bias towards him, as reported earlier by CNBC. In a Friday filing, Musk requests that the decide relocate the trial to West Texas because of the “local negativity” within the Bay Area surrounding Elon Musk and his companies, stopping a good trial.
“The recent local media coverage has created an environment that encourages the District’s jury pool to hold negative biases against Mr. Musk’s use of Twitter,” the submitting reads. “Potential jurors that hold negative opinions about Mr. Musk’s use and relationship with Twitter generally as a result of this coverage will be unable to separate this baseline bias from the facts in this case and thus be unable to impartially evaluate Musk’s conduct.”
The submitting claims Musk’s mass layoffs at Twitter “have already created substantial bias” in native jurors.
It additionally claims that Musk and his San Francisco places of work are sometimes topic to protests which can be “encouraged” by native politicians, additional cementing this “prejudice” and leading to an unfair trial. If the decide decides to not transfer the trial to Texas, the place Tesla’s based mostly, Musk and his attorneys ask that the trial get delayed to let the “negative sentiments” surrounding Musk dissipate.
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