Katie Hobbs Seeks Sanctions Against Kari Lake
Arizona Governor-elect Katie Hobbs speaks to attendees at a rally celebrating her victory on November 15, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Major news organizations announcing her victory over Trump endorsed the Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake.
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Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County filed sanctions Monday against Republican Kari Lake, less than 48 hours after a the judge ruled against Lake’s attempts to declare himself the winner Arizona governor race.
Hobbs and the county request punishment against Lake and her legal team after an Arizona judge rejected Lake’s offer to reverse the results of the November election in a two-day trial. Lake, a prominent election denier and Trump ally, is allowed to go to trial last week with two of her 10 complaints, alleging misconduct with ballot printers and problems with vote chaining.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson denied Lake’s challenge after the trial The verdict is 10 pages long Saturday. He said the court found no clear and convincing evidence of misconduct that could have altered the outcome of the election. Thompson also noted that the defendants had stated their intention to seek sanctions against Lake and ordered them to file a petition for sanctions on Monday morning.
Attorneys for Hobbs, who served as Arizona’s secretary of state for four years, joined the county submit Monday searches $25,050 from Lake, including attorney fees for Hobbs and the state’s most populous county. The county took aim at Lake’s comments before the election suggesting she would not accept the results unless she won, as well as her “baseless” and “vanity” the case after the election has been certified.
“Before a vote was counted in the 2022 general election, Kari Lake publicly stated that she would only accept the results of the gubernatorial election if she was the winning candidate,” the district said. stated in the file.
“But she did not simply fail to publicly acknowledge the election results. Instead, she filed a baseless seventy-page campaign lawsuit against the Governor-elect, the Minister. Diplomacy and Maricopa County and some of its elected officials and employees (but no other county or its employees), thereby drawing them and this Court in this frivolous pursuit.”
The county added that the courts “should not be used to harass political opponents and sow completely unfounded doubts about the integrity of elections.”
“Enough is really enough,” the county said. “It’s time to stop baseless attacks on elections and baseless accusations against election officials. This issue was brought up without any good reason. , let alone a good reason.”
NBC News asked Lake for comment.