February 3, 2023

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Elon Musk wants to move the trial from San Francisco because of “local negativity”.

Elon Musk has asked a judge to move an upcoming trial for a shareholder lawsuit out of San Francisco, citing concerns the jury could be biased against him, previously reported by CNBC. In a filing Friday, Musk requested that the judge move the trial to west Texas due to “local negativity” in the Bay Area surrounding Elon Musk and his businesses, preventing a fair trial.

“Recent local media coverage has created an environment that encourages district juries to harbor negative prejudices against Mr. Musk’s use of Twitter,” the filing reads. “Prospective jurors who, as a result of this coverage, have negative opinions about Mr. Musk’s use of and relationship with Twitter in general will not be able to separate this general trend from the facts in this case and are therefore not in able to evaluate Musk’s behavior without bias.”

The filing claims Musk’s mass firings on Twitter have “already created significant bias” from local juries.

It also alleges that Musk and his San Francisco offices are often the subject of protests that are “encouraged” by local politicians, further cementing this “bias” and leading to an unfair trial. If the judge decides not to move the trial to Texas, where Tesla is based, Musk and his attorneys are calling for the trial to be postponed so that “negative sentiment” surrounding Musk is dispelled.