Kari Lake's lawsuit against Maricopa County, Arizona election officials regarding the 2022 midterm election was dismissed on Christmas Eve by Judge Peter Thompson. Lake immediately filed an appeal stating that the trial court dismissed "explosive findings."
Now, an Order Setting Dates, Directing Electronic Or Alternative Service and Fixing Time for Response was sent to attorneys for Lake, Katie Hobbs, and Maricopa County on January 3. The order scheduled the case for a conference before a three-judge bench on the morning of January 24th.
The order also stated that "The case may be resolved, however, prior to that date if the panel declines to accept jurisdiction on the special action." It was also mandated in the order that all objections to the lawsuit must be filed within seven business days.
Two of the judges on the bench, Judge Maria Elena Cruz and Judge Angela K. Paton, were appointed by Doug Ducey in 2017 and 2021, respectively, with Judge Peter B. Swann having been appointed by Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano in 2008.
While Hobbs and Maricopa County are expected to fight the case in order to conceal election fraud from the midterm elections, Lake has vowed to take her case to the Supreme Court. In addition to filing an appeal, Lake has also already filed a petition with the Arizona Supreme Court to have that court take up the case in an effort to bypass the appeals court.
While Hobbs is set to be inaugurated on January 5, she was sworn into office during a private ceremony in the Arizona Capitol Executive Tower on Monday and, in an outlandish moment, began laughing when she was told to swear to uphold the Constitution.
Hopefully, the Court of Appeals sides with Lake and reinstates her case, as Hobbs clearly does not take her new position, or the Constitution, seriously.
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