Lake filed a notice of appeal with the aforesaid Arizona Superior Court justice connected Tuesday to situation the dismissal of her case. Lake volition besides question a nonstop reappraisal by the Arizona Supreme Court, according to a court filing.
Arizona Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson archetypal ruled against Lake’s predetermination lawsuit connected Dec. 24, confirming the predetermination of Katie Hobbs as Arizona governor-elect. He ordered Hobbs’s broadside to record a connection of costs and question for sanctions earlier Dec. 26.
On Dec. 27, Thompson recovered that determination wasn’t capable grounds of misconduct by Maricopa County to overturn predetermination results successful the county. His ruling came days aft Lake filed her suit and aft Thompson allowed 2 of 10 predetermination claims to spell to a abbreviated two-day trial.
According to predetermination data, Lake mislaid to Hobbs by astir 17,000 votes. Lake filed a suit against Hobbs successful her capableness arsenic the existent caput of state, Maricopa County predetermination officials, and different officials respective weeks aft the midterms.
“I americium lasting up for the radical of this state, the radical who were done incorrect connected Election Day, and the millions of radical who unrecorded extracurricular of Maricopa County, whose ballot was watered down by this bogus predetermination successful Maricopa County,” Lake told Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast.
Judge Denies Request to Sanction Lake
On Dec. 27, Thompson denied a petition from Hobbs and Maricopa County to authorisation Lake and her ineligible team over her suit challenging the results of the 2022 wide election.
The justice ruled that portion Lake didn’t conscionable the load of providing grounds of her election-related claims, her suit didn’t conscionable the modular for imposing sanctions. However, helium ruled that Lake indispensable reimburse Hobbs $33,040 for immoderate expenses due to the fact that she didn’t triumph her case.
Maricopa County officials filed the question against Lake and her ineligible squad connected Dec. 26. Hobbs joined the question successful her capableness arsenic caput of state.
“Enough truly is enough. It is past clip to extremity unfounded attacks connected elections and unwarranted accusations against elections officials,” Maricopa County Deputy Attorney Thomas P. Liddy wrote on Dec. 26 successful a 15-page memo asking Thompson for the sanctions and attorneys fees. “This substance was brought without immoderate morganatic justification, fto unsocial a important one.”
Courts “should not beryllium utilized to harass governmental opponents and sow wholly unfounded doubts astir the integrity of elections,” the memo besides stated.
After Hobbs was declared the winner, Lake filed 2 lawsuits. One sought accusation and records from Maricopa County, and the different aimed to state overturn the results oregon redo the predetermination successful Maricopa.
Among different claims, Lake cited a quality league held by apical Maricopa County officials successful which they confirmed printer problems crossed polling locations connected Election Day that her squad said disenfranchised voters.
Thompson allowed 2 retired of 10 of Lake’s claims to spell to trial, including a assertion astir intentional interference with ballot printers and chain-of-custody problems.
A witnesser astatine the proceedings who inspected ballots connected behalf of Lake’s attorneys said that 14 of 15 duplicate ballots helium inspected had 19-inch images of the ballot printed connected 20-inch paper, meaning the ballots wouldn’t beryllium work by a tabulator. The witnesser testified that specified a alteration would’ve required a alteration to printer configurations, though predetermination officials disputed those assertions.
The justice credited Lake’s cardinal witnesses, Mark Sonnenklar and Heather Honey, but rejected the claims that intentional misconduct happened during the midterm election.
Following the two-day trial, Lake insisted that malicious intent was proven by her witnesses.
“We provided adept testimony. We provided experts. The different broadside brought successful activists to effort to prevention face. They admitted that they’ve known astir these ballot problems,” Lake said.
Hobbs’ lawyer, Abha Khanna, told the courtroom in Maricopa County that Lake’s attorneys haven’t established whether printer problems connected Election Day were intentional acts that would person changed the race’s result had they not occurred. At the trial’s closing arguments connected Dec. 22, Khanna said Lake’s claims were based connected hearsay, speculation, and theatrics.
“What we got alternatively was conscionable escaped threads and gaping crippled holes. We cognize present that her communicative was a enactment of fiction,” Khanna said.
Jack Phillips and Allen Zhong contributed to this report.
Caden Pearson is simply a newsman based successful Australia. Contact him connected [email protected]