Elon Musk wants to move San Francisco lawsuit away from ‘local negativity’

Elon Musk has asked a judge to move an upcoming shareholder trial out of San Francisco, citing concerns the jury may be biased against him, as CNBC reported earlier. In a Friday filing, Musk asks the judge to move the trial to West Texas because of “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 the district’s jury panel to hold negative biases against Mr. Musk’s use of Twitter,” the filing said. “Potential jurors who hold negative views about Mr. Musk’s use and relationship with Twitter generally as a result of this coverage will not be able to separate this basic bias from the facts in this case and will therefore be unable to impartially assess Musk’s conduct.”

The filing claims that Musk’s mass dismissals on Twitter “have already created a substantial bias” among local jurors.

He also claims that Musk and his San Francisco offices are often the subject of protests “encouraged” by local politicians, further reinforcing this “bias” and resulting in an unfair trial. If the judge decides not to move the trial to Texas, where Tesla is based, Musk and his lawyers are asking that the trial be delayed to let the “negative feelings” surrounding Musk dissipate.

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