District Court Judge William Pattinson was a bit subtle but methinks he does not like this motion for venue change. The judge denied the motion after saying it was “so incredibly asinine, ill-conceived, unfounded and personally and professionally insulting that it is unworthy of any discussion or consideration.” Yikes.
The motion was based on four affidavits, which I am trying to get. They argued that there would be bias in trying the case in a small town because the small bar and local judge would disfavor the out-of-town plaintiffs. That clearly did not go down well with the court. Notably, venue motions are always a bit sensitive with judges since they are based on the theory that the judge cannot guarantee a fair trial in that locale. It is like motions to have criminal defendants remain out of jail pending appeal because of the likelihood that the appellate court will overturn the judge’s past rulings in the case.
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