Judge inclined to deny "Wonder Blunder" motion

Published On: Nov 04 2013 11:53:22 AM HST
Updated On: Nov 04 2013 12:06:48 PM HST

Marc Hubbard

HONOLULU -

A federal judge says she's inclined to deny a motion by a North Carolina man to move his trial over a failed University of Hawaii concert that was supposed to feature Stevie Wonder.
    
Marc Hubbard's attorneys filed a motion last month to move the trial to North Carolina or Florida. The motion argues Hubbard can't get a fair trial in Hawaii because of negative publicity over what's been dubbed the "Wonder Blunder."
    
Authorities say Hubbard claimed he had connections to secure Wonder for a fundraiser. The school paid a $200,000 deposit, sold tickets and later learned neither Wonder nor his representatives authorized a show.
    
Tickets were refunded, leading to embarrassment for the school.
    
Judge Leslie Kobayashi says she's inclined to deny the motion but set oral arguments for Dec. 2.

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