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Judge considers 'Wonder Blunder' suspect's change of venue motion

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:07 a.m. HST, Nov 04, 2013

A judge is expected to consider a North Carolina man's claim that he can't get a fair trial in Hawaii because of negative publicity over a bungled Stevie Wonder concert.

Authorities say Hubbard, a club and concert promoter from Waxhaw, N.C., claimed he had connections to secure Wonder for a University of Hawaii fundraiser. The school paid a $200,000 deposit, began selling tickets and later learned neither Wonder nor his representatives authorized the concert.

Thousands of tickets had to be refunded, leading to embarrassment for the school over what's been dubbed the "Wonder Blunder."

Today's hearing will be held in Honolulu.

The motion also argues that many witnesses are on the East Coast and Spain, so it would be more convenient to hold the trial in Florida or North Carolina.

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loquaciousone wrote:
The judge should only grant the motion if Hubbard agrees to pay all the expenses of having a trial in a location of his choice. It's not fair to Hawaii residents and taxpayers to bear the cost of travel for the change of venue.
on November 4,2013 | 05:55AM
redneckMT wrote:
Many witnesses are in Hawaii....................keep the trial here.
on November 4,2013 | 06:02AM
Bully wrote:
The should face trial in front of people that they ripped off.
on November 4,2013 | 08:13AM
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