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Arizona decide rejects Katie Hobbs’ request to sanction Kari Lake

An Arizona decide on Tuesday rejected Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs’s request to sanction defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake over her failed effort to overturn the state’s election outcomes.

Lake had filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud and difficult the counting and certification of the November electoral contest in a bid to be declared the winner regardless of a scarcity of proof. The go well with was rejected by the Superior Courtroom in Maricopa County on Saturday.

On Monday, Hobbs and Maricopa County deputy legal professional requested the court docket to sanction Lake and her attorneys, alleging that Lake had filed a “groundless” lawsuit for a “frivolous pursuit.”

Katie Hobbs in Phoenix on Oct. 18.Ross D. Franklin / AP file

Sanctions are often within the type of a monetary penalty imposed by a decide for violation of a court docket rule or misconduct. Hobbs had requested the court docket to award her over $600,000 to compensate for charges and bills accrued in defending in opposition to Lake’s lawsuit.

Maricopa County Superior Courtroom Decide Peter Thompson stated in Tuesday’s ruling that Lake’s claims within the lawsuit weren’t groundless.

“The truth that plaintiff (Lake) failed to satisfy the burden of clear and convincing proof … doesn’t equate to a discovering that her claims have been, or weren’t, groundless and introduced in dangerous religion,” Thomson wrote within the judgment.

The lawsuit had focused Hobbs, who’s presently Arizona’s secretary of state and turns into governor subsequent week, together with high officers in Maricopa County. Lake’s go well with claimed “tons of of 1000’s of unlawful ballots contaminated the election” in Maricopa, the state’s most populous county.

Lake, a former tv information anchor, was one of the high-profile Republican candidates within the midterm elections to embrace former Republican President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in 2020.

She misplaced the governor’s race to Hobbs however refused to concede and continued making unconfirmed claims about election improprieties on her Twitter feed.

Lake was one of the outstanding of the Trump-aligned Republican candidates who misplaced battleground state races within the midterm elections.

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