Judge: 'Wonder Blunder' trial to remain in Hawaii

Marc Hubbard
Marc Hubbard

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a North Carolina man's trial over a failed University of Hawaii concert that was supposed to feature Stevie Wonder will remain in Honolulu.

Marc Hubbard is accused of scamming the university out of $200,000 and wants to move the trial to North Carolina or Florida. Defense attorney William Harrison argues negative publicity over what's been dubbed "Wonder Blunder" prevents Hubbard from getting a fair trial. Harrison also argues moving the trial will be more convenient because of witnesses who live far away, including one in Spain.

Judge Leslie Kobayashi ruled Monday that while there has been a lot of publicity, it hasn't risen to the level of animosity toward Hubbard.

She says attorneys may re-file the motion if circumstances change closer to trial.

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