Elon Musk claims 82% of San Francisco jurors view him negatively:- Tesla Inc’s CEO’s filing is part of his push by Tesla shareholders to move the case elsewhere, preferably Texas
Elon Musk’s lawyers argued in their bid to move his securities fraud trial out of San Francisco that 82% of potential jurors who have an opinion of the billionaire view him negatively.
Questionnaires returned to the federal judge handling the case reinforce arguments that the Northern California jury pool for the trial set to begin next week is “biased against Mr. Musk,” and that much of the bias is related to the claims in the trial. are — “namely, Mr. Kasturi’s use of Twitter and honesty,” his lawyers said.
The latest filing by the Tesla Inc CEO and new owner of Twitter Inc is part of his push to move the case brought by Tesla shareholders elsewhere, preferably Texas, to San Francisco because of the “local negativity” Musk has recently cited. Twitter dropped. Taskforce in its attempt to remake the social media platform.
Investors allege Musk’s August 2018 tweets about taking the electric-car maker private with “funding secured” were “undeniably false” and cost them billions of dollars, driving wild swings in Tesla’s share price. Musk has said that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had agreed to support his effort to take Tesla private.
The questionnaires, which are not publicly available, show that potential gamblers not only dislike Musk but feel “obsessed” with the negativity, his lawyers said in the filing. The details of what the jurors wrote have been revised.
The responses show that “not only do a vast majority of potential jurors harbor prejudice toward Mr. Musk but that they are not afraid to declare it proudly and clearly in court,” his lawyers said.
Lawyers for shareholders have argued that Musk is a celebrity who attracts worldwide media attention – much of it negative – and that his presence on Twitter is partly to blame.
Musk’s request to transfer the case is to be heard on Friday and the trial is scheduled to begin on January 17.
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