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Musk says he can’t get a fair trial in California, wants to in Texas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elon Musk has urged a federal judge to postpone a trial in a San Francisco shareholder lawsuit because he says negative local media coverage turned potential jurors against him.

Instead, in a lawsuit filed late Friday night, Musk’s lawyers argue that the trial should be moved to federal court in western Texas, which includes the state capital Austin. Musk moved his electric vehicle company Tesla to Austin in late 2021.

If a move is not possible, Musk’s lawyers have called for a delay in the trial, due to begin on January 17, until the negative publicity surrounding Musk’s purchase of Twitter subsides.

“Over the past few months, the local media has filled the area with biased and negative stories about Mr. Musk,” lawyer Alex Spiro wrote in a court document. In these materials, Musk is personally blamed for the recent Twitter layoffs, writes Spiro, and accused that job cuts could even violate laws.

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