Court Pushes Forward on Election Challenge

Kari Lake’s election challenge moves forward as the Arizona Court of Appeals issued an order Tuesday setting a briefing schedule with Jan. 24 as the date for oral arguments.

“The case may be resolved, however, before that date if the panel declines to accept jurisdiction on the special action,” the court’s order said.

 Maria Elena Cruz, Angela Paton, and Peter Swann are the. judges assigned to the case.

Cruz will be presiding. Maria Elena Cruz was appointed to the bench in 2017 by then-Gov. Doug Ducey.

Paton is another appointee of the Republican Ducey, who was nominated in 2021. Swann was appointed by Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano in 2008.

Lake’s legal team filed a petition Sunday seeking to bypass the Court of Appeals and take her case directly to the Arizona Supreme Court.

All the justices sitting on the state’s highest court were appointed by GOP Gov. Janet Brewer or Ducey.

Lake has pledged that she will take her case to the state Supreme Court if necessary.

On Christmas Eve, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson ruled in favor of Hobbs’ win despite evidence presented at the trial of mass voter disenfranchisement on Election Day. The cause was the ballot printer and tabulation issues affecting 59 percent of polling locations.

Lake argued that since Republicans voted 3-to-1 over Democrats on Election Day, what happened was large-scale voter suppression.

Kari Lake told Just the News on Tuesday, “There is no reason to put this on the appeals court when no matter what happens this will end up with the Arizona Supreme Court.”

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