Judge inclined to deny 'Wonder Blunder' motion

Marc Hubbard
Marc Hubbard

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - 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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