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NEW YORK — The Latest on Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s legal problems (all times local):2 p.m.Elon Musk and his lawyers were appearing before a federal judge in New York who will decide whether the Tesla CEO should be held in contempt of court for violating an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Musk said Thursday as he entered a courthouse in Manhattan that he has great respect for the justice system and thinks judges in the American system are outstanding.The judge began hearing arguments at around 2 p.m.The SEC says Musk violated a settlement with the SEC when he tweeted about Tesla’s vehicle production in February without a lawyer’s approval.A previous tweet about a possible plan to take the company private led to the original round of problems with the SEC.As of Wednesday’s close, Tesla shares were down 12.3% so far this year.___9:40 a.m.A federal judge will hear oral arguments Thursday about whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk should be held in contempt of court for violating an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The SEC says Musk violated the settlement when he tweeted about Tesla’s vehicle production in February without a lawyer’s approval.It’s unclear if Musk plans to attend the hearing.Meanwhile, Tesla’s shares are falling nearly 10% in early trading after the company said it churned out 77,100 vehicles in the first quarter, well behind the pace it must sustain to fulfil Musk’s pledge to manufacture 500,000 cars annually.Tesla also said it only delivered 63,000 vehicles in the quarter, down 31% from 2018’s fourth quarter.As of Wednesday’s close, Tesla shares were down 12.3% so far this year.The Associated Press

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