ARIZONA COURT HOLDS THAT HOSTILE BLOGS ARE NOT SUFFICIENT TO GRANT A CHANGE OF VENUE REQUEST

A district court in Arizona ruled that biased Web blogs that expressed hostility towards the plaintiffs’ case did not provide sufficient grounds for change of venue to minimize the chances of jury bias. In particular, the court did not find such blogs to be sufficiently representative of the large pool of people from which the jury would be drawn, or that the blogs adversely influenced the pool as a whole.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the facts of this case?
What did the court hold?
What was the court’s reasoning for not giving much weigh to the hostile comments made by various Web bloggers?
What additional arguments were presented by the plaintiffs to support their motion?
What were the plaintiffs’ alternative grounds for the motion?

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