Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson has upheld a previous minute entry, establishing trial dates for the 2022 election lawsuit brought by Kari Lake.
Kari Lake’s trial is scheduled to resume on May 17, 18, and 19.
Thompson ruled that the arguments presented by Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County to dismiss Count III, regarding fraudulent signature verification as “not persuasive.”
Still, Thompson dismissed Count II, which pertained to intentional election day tabulator failures, despite the emergence of new evidence suggesting that Maricopa County rigged the election and secretly tested voting machines to fail Republican voters.
Lake’s attorneys argue that the newly uncovered findings demonstrate “clear misconduct and intent.”
On election day, Kari Lake’s voters turned out in a ratio of 3:1, yet Maricopa County intentionally screwed them.
“Lake must prove a competent mathematical basis to win at trial, but she need not plead a specific number of votes in her complaint under notice pleading,” according to the new Minute Entry.
Lake must also “demonstrate at trial pursuant to her concessions that Maricopa County’s higher level signature reviewers conducted no signature verification or curing and in so doing had systematically failed to materially comply with the law.”
During the proceedings, Maricopa County attorney Tim La Rue acknowledged on Friday that signature verification is a “subjective” process and described it as “something of an art,” that is open to the interpretation of whatever activist reviews the signature.
“It’s not really an exact science,” La Rue said.
Although this is a high standard of evidence, it is evident that unscrupulous Maricopa County officials are permitting both “subjective” and fraudulent signature verification.
The Minute entry concludes:
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED denying Plaintiff’s Motion for Relief from Judgment.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED reaffirming the trial dates set forth in this court’s May 8, 2023, minute entry setting the matter for trial on Count III.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED denying the Motion to File Amicus Curae Brief submitted by a third party and opposed by all parties to this litigation.
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