Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's lawsuit against Maricopa County will be heard in court after a judge's ruling on Monday.
Lake filed the suit on December 9, claiming “hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots infected” the November 8 election that resulted in Katie Hobbs “winning” the election. It “contains more than 270 exhibits of evidence.” Lake's suit also relies on expert witnesses' testimonies.
Last week, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson agreed to allow Lake's legal team to “inspect a small number of printed and early ballots from the election, including 50 that were marked ‘spoiled' on Election Day.” The inspection was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, December 20.
Then, following a hearing on Monday, as per azcentral: “Thompson tossed eight of the claims in Lake’s lawsuit, but allowed two to remain that alleged an intentional plot by officials to manipulate the election in favor of Lake’s Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. In two separate orders, he ruled that a two-day trial will take place before Jan. 2, and that Hobbs and County Recorder Stephen Richer would be required to testify as Lake wished.”
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The decision stated the following: Lake had “alleged intentional misconduct sufficient to affect the outcome of the election and thus has stated an issue of fact that requires going beyond the pleadings,” and that at the trial, Lake must show that the county’s printer malfunctions were intentional and designed to affect the election results, and that the actions “did actually affect the outcome.”
However, Hobbs’s lawyers argued that “Lake's case should be thrown out because it doesn't adhere to state standards for a valid election complaint” and demanded sanctions against Lake and her lawyers.
According to azcentral:
“Kurt Olsen, one of Lake’s attorneys, meanwhile portrayed the lawsuit as an expose of systemic problems, failures and possible illegal acts by election officials that led to ‘massive failure’ at the polling stations and ‘tens of thousands’ of disenfranchised voters.
“Lake’s attorneys for the suit include Bryan Blehm, who was a lawyer for Cyber Ninjas, the contractor hired by the state Senate for its review of the 2020 election, and Olsen, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who recently was ordered to pay sanctions in a federal suit brought by Lake and Finchem that a judge said contained frivolous and baseless claims.
“Olsen, who spoke after the county lawyers, said the judge should put stock in the affidavit of ‘top cyber expert’ Clay Parikh, whose analysis concluded that the county’s ‘system-wide’ failures could only be explained by intentional manipulation of county officials. An analysis ‘based on science’ also showed that 15,000 to 29,000 votes were disenfranchised, Olsen said. He also claimed the county mysteriously ‘found’ 25,000 ‘extra voters’ two days after the polls closed.”
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele's tweet to Lake on December 17 did not age well: “All that tough talk from @KariLake won’t change shit. Election wasn’t stolen. You lost. They didn’t get away with anything because you lost. The election was certified because you lost. As for calling yourself a ‘bitch’, seems to me you should work on your self esteem.”
Lake will speak to the audience at Turning Point USA's AmFest in Phoenix on Tuesday, she said.