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Suspect in UH concert fiasco wants trial's location moved

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press


A North Carolina man accused of scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 in a botched Stevie Wonder concert can't get a fair trial in the Aloha State because of negative publicity over what's been dubbed the "Wonder Blunder," according to his motion seeking a venue change.

Marc Hubbard's attorneys filed a motion seeking to move his trial to North Caro­lina or Florida. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Monday.

Authorities say Hubbard, a club and concert promoter from Waxhaw, N.C., claimed he had connections to secure Wonder for an athletic department fundraiser last year. The school paid a $200,000 deposit, began selling tickets and later learned neither the singer nor his representatives authorized the concert. Thousands of tickets had to be refunded, leading to embarrassment for the school, hearings by state lawmakers and an FBI investigation.

"Every headline and television news story carried negative connotations of the case matter," the motion states. "Indeed the term ‘Wonder Blunder' has morphed into a new negative adjective used by individuals publicly to describe a debacle."

Hubbard pleaded not guilty to a wire fraud charge. He is on home detention on $200,000 bond, with travel restricted to North Caro­lina, South Caro­lina and Hawaii.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Les Osborne Jr. wrote in a response opposing the motion that the government is trying to avoid some witness travel by using video depositions or stipulations.

"All of the documentary evidence and exhibits have been gathered in Hawaii and the change of venue would require them to be shipped to some new location," Osborne wrote.

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manakuke wrote:
Defendant wants to save funds; too bad dope, the State throws the whole legal library at you.
on November 2,2013 | 04:53AM
allie wrote:
and UH was willing to deal with someone like this for what reason?
on November 2,2013 | 02:19PM
palani wrote:
Wait, wasn't this guy also the President's Obamacare Czar?
on November 2,2013 | 05:12AM
hawaiinui wrote:
That would not surprise me in the least and in light of what's been happening with him and his administration; wouldn't that speak volumes about this local born President of ours.
on November 2,2013 | 06:49AM
allie wrote:
Hard to believe how stupid greenwood and her inept administrators were for dealing with a guy like this. Shocking really.
on November 2,2013 | 08:46AM
hawaiinui wrote:
In this land of Aloha (this rip-off artist that stole from our UH) should come and get his portion of it.
on November 2,2013 | 06:51AM
soundofreason wrote:
Guess he should have thought about all this BEFORE committing a crime in somebody else's backyard.
on November 2,2013 | 07:23AM
aomohoa wrote:
Amen to that!
on November 2,2013 | 08:47AM
808warriorfan wrote:
This piece of you know what needs to be tried here where the crime was committed.....
on November 2,2013 | 07:38AM
paniolo wrote:
Totally agree.
on November 2,2013 | 09:06AM
mcc wrote:
Would you buy a used car from this guy?
on November 2,2013 | 09:12AM
joseph007 wrote:
Amazing how lawyers will try any trick to avoid trial. Maybe move the trial to the planet Uranus, like they are.
on November 2,2013 | 09:14AM
false wrote:
Reporter: Where's the hearing (Hawaii?) and who are his lawyers? You need to report...
on November 2,2013 | 09:50AM
pcman wrote:
No way, unless he pays in advance for the transportation, hotel and meals of all witnesses, lawyers, and jurors.
on November 2,2013 | 09:59AM
redneckMT wrote:
Have the trial here. Let his spend the travel money for himself and his lawyers.
on November 2,2013 | 11:27AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Was the dude scalped some time back?
on November 2,2013 | 11:38AM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
He's much better off having the trial here in Hawaii Nei, the land of Aloha, where he'll get off with nothing more than a slap on the hand.
on November 2,2013 | 01:44PM
entrkn wrote:
... and he demands to pick the judge and jury and he wants to stay in a 5 star resort etc, ect.
on November 2,2013 | 04:34PM
RandolphW wrote:
At least, Keith Kaneshiro won't be able to pursue him.
on November 2,2013 | 05:10PM
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