Arizona’s Democratic Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County both urged a judge on Monday to sanction Republican Kari Lake over “unfounded attacks” against elections officials.
The request for Arizona Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson to order Lake to pay more than $500,000 in legal fees to Hobbs’s attorneys and Maricopa County came less than 48 hours after he ruled against Lake’s efforts to throw out certified election results in Arizona’s most populous county.
The court’s decision on Saturday cemented Hobbs’s victory over Lake in the state’s gubernatorial contest. Lake has yet to concede her loss of the race; Hobbs won by 17,000 votes.
“Enough really is enough,” Maricopa County’s Monday filing read. “It is past time to end unfounded attacks on elections and unwarranted accusations against elections officials. This matter was brought without any legitimate justification, let alone a substantial one.”
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The county further accused Lake of trying to “fundraise” off her efforts to overturn the election results and using the legal system “to harass political opponents and sow completely unfounded doubts about the integrity of elections.”
“Before a single vote was counted in the 2022 general election, Kari Lake publicly stated that she would accept the results of the gubernatorial election only if she were the winning candidate,” the county added in the filing.
Maricopa County is seeking $25,050 to cover its attorneys fees in the case.
A separate sanctions motion filed by Hobbs on Monday seeks $550,210 in attorneys fees from Lake, with more than $450,000 going to Democratic elections lawyer Marc Elias’s firm.
Lake, a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump and a 2020 election denier, has vowed to take her case against Hobbs and Arizona all the way to the Supreme Court.
The 10-page Christmas Eve ruling from Judge Thompson declared that there was no “clear and convincing” evidence that any alleged misconduct impacted the result of the Nov. 8 election.
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