Gold Meritorious Patron
I think a change of venue motion would be laughed out of Texas District Court #433 and every appellate forum above it.
It is a backwater place where "Scientology" and "David Miscavige" were either little known or not at all known until fairly recently. There's no prejudice there about the church. There was merely ignorance. It's as clean a venue as they could hope for.
What the CoS and Miscavige are unhappy about, however, is that their "style" and their "facts" are not playing well there. And I don't know what grounds they're going to find for moving venue based on those unfortunate unpopularities.
Oh, I don't think it will "Fly" but I think it may well be attempted. Much of what the Defense has been so far is Smoke & Mirrors, Grasping at Straws and Chest Beating in order to stall, Stall, STALL!