Maricopa County Files Answering Brief in Kari Lake’s Court of Appeals Lawsuit – Conference Set for February 1

by J Pelkey
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Maricopa County filed an Answering Brief in the Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday asking the Court to affirm the trial court’s judgment in Kari Lake’s historic lawsuit against the stolen Arizona Midterm Election.

Breaking Digest reported that the Arizona Court of Appeals has agreed to expedite consideration of Kari Lake’s lawsuit which alleges that the 2022 midterm election was flawed.

In a brief order, issued on Jan. 9, the court ordered a reset of “the matter for conference on February 1, 2023,” and agreed with Lake’s arguments that her challenge should be handled as a “special action petition.”

According to the order, Katie Hobbs (D-AZ) and Maricopa County were given until January 17 to respond and argue why Lake’s challenge should be rejected.

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After a Maricopa County judge had rejected her case in December, Lake petitioned both the Arizona Appeals Court and Supreme Court. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had denied her petition, saying that the lawsuit has to go through the Appeals Court first.

Lake told Steve Bannon, “We know they stole the election, and we have more evidence coming forth.”


The trial court dismissed “explosive findings,” Lake said.

On election day, nearly 60% of machines and printers failed for in-person voters who turned out 3:1 on election day. Many did not get to vote, or they were forced to wait hours to vote and drop their ballots in a mysterious box to be tabulated later off-site. Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer also admitted the County did not keep chain of custody for likely hundreds of thousands of ballots leaving the vote centers.

This happened because the printer settings were changed to print incorrectly sized ballot images onto the ballot paper.

Lake’s cybersecurity expert Clay Parikh’s testified that it was an intentional act aimed at disenfranchising Republican voters who turned out 3:1 for Trump-Endorsed candidates. This and other election catastrophes in Maricopa County stole the election from Kari Lake, Abe Hamadeh, and other Republican candidates.

In Lake’s trial, Maricopa County Elections Director Scott Jarrett testified at least four times on the first day that 19-inch ballot images were not printed onto 20-inch ballot papers, and he had “no knowledge” of this occurring.

The second day, Jarrett changed his testimony to state that he learned of a fit-to-paper issue “a few days after election day” that printed “a slightly smaller image of a 20-inch image on a 20-inch paper ballot.”

Maricopa County stood behind their “fit-to-paper” testimony in their response.

Read Maricopa County’s response below:

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