Governor-elect of Arizona Katie Hobbs speaks to attendees at a rally to have fun her victory on Nov. 15, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Main information organizations introduced her win over Trump endorsed Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake.
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Democratic Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County filed for sanctions Monday in opposition to Republican Kari Lake, lower than 48 hours after a judge ruled against Lake’s efforts to have herself declared the winner of Arizona’s governor race.
Hobbs and the county asked for sanctions in opposition to Lake and her authorized crew after an Arizona decide denied Lake’s bid to reverse the outcomes of the November election in a two-day trial. Lake, a outstanding election denier and Trump ally, was allowed to go to trial final week with two of her 10 claims, which alleged misconduct with poll printers and issues with poll chain of custody.
Maricopa County Superior Courtroom Decide Peter Thompson denied Lake’s problem after the trial in a 10-page ruling Saturday. He mentioned the court docket didn’t discover clear and convincing proof of misconduct that may have modified the election outcomes. Thompson additionally famous that the defendants had said their intention to hunt sanctions in opposition to Lake and ordered them to file a movement for sanctions by Monday morning.
Attorneys for Hobbs, who has been Arizona’s secretary of state for 4 years, joined the county in its filing Monday in search of $25,050 from Lake, which incorporates legal professional charges for Hobbs and the state’s most populous county. The county took purpose at Lake’s remarks earlier than the election indicating she wouldn’t settle for the outcomes except she received, in addition to her “groundless” and “frivolous” lawsuit after the election was certified.
“Earlier than a single vote was counted within the 2022 common election, Kari Lake publicly said that she would settle for the outcomes of the gubernatorial election provided that she had been the successful candidate,” the county mentioned within the submitting.
“However she has not merely did not publicly acknowledge the election outcomes. As an alternative, she filed a groundless, seventy-page election contest lawsuit in opposition to the Governor-Elect, the Secretary of State, and Maricopa County and several other of its elected officers and staff (however no different county or its staff), thereby dragging them and this Courtroom into this frivolous pursuit.”
The county added that the courts “shouldn’t be used to harass political opponents and sow utterly unfounded doubts in regards to the integrity of elections.”
“Sufficient actually is sufficient,” the county mentioned. “It’s previous time to finish unfounded assaults on elections and unwarranted accusations in opposition to elections officers. This matter was introduced with none respectable justification, not to mention a considerable one.”
NBC Information has requested Lake for remark.