In a case that has the eyes and ears of the world intently watching and listening for what will happen next, a judge overseeing the case has issued a statement that he doubts Rupert Murdoch’s claims of hardship as an excuse for not appearing for a live testimony.
As per Deadline, The judge presiding over Dominion’s defamation case against Fox pushed back on the network’s attorneys for their argument that Rupert Murdoch would be unable to testify live in the upcoming trial. This comes as no surprise because most media mogul’s hardly, if ever, don the general public with their presence.
In a hearing this Tuesday, March 28th, 2023, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis cited a letter he received from the Fox legal team arguing that “under Covid, he couldn’t travel, that he doesn’t have knowledge, that it can be difficult for him to come down.”
“Mr. Murdoch has claimed that he is traveling and that it would be an inconvenience,” Davis said. “But I also have people telling me that he has done some things recently that show he is hardly infirm and unable to travel around.”
Davis referred to reports of Murdoch’s engagement on St. Patrick’s Day, and his talk of traveling “between his various residences between L.A., Montana, New York and London.”
“That doesn’t sound like someone who can’t go from New York to Wilmington,” the judge told attorneys. “So let’s get the story straight on these types of things so I don’t look like an idiot.”
He referred to a letter he received from Fox’s lawyers, arguing that “under Covid, he couldn’t travel, that he doesn’t have knowledge, that it can be difficult for him to come down.”Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Dana Perino, Bret Baier, and Jeanine Pirro were also called as witnesses.