In a Tuesday (December 27) ruling, a judge ordered Kari Lake to pay Arizona Governor-elect Katie Hobbs $33,000 in legal fees after dismissing Lake’s lawsuit to have the results of Arizona’s midterm elections overturned in her favor.
After Superior Court Judge Peter A. Thompson ordered Lake to fork over $33,000 in legal fees — including expert witness fees — Lake filed her notice to appeal.
In his Tuesday ruling, Thompson ordered Lake to compensate expert witnesses who were called on during the two-day trial for their time but denied a request by Hobbs to have Lake, and her legal team sanctioned.
In his ruling dismissing Lake’s lawsuit, Thompson explained Lake hadn’t met the “burden of clear and convincing evidence.”
Thompson also asserted that failing to provide the evidence didn’t mean Lake’s “claims were, or were not, groundless and presented in bad faith,” as Hobbs had alleged.
Lake argued that problems that the polling places experiencing issues with ballot printing machines on Election Day were the result of deliberate misconduct.
To substantiate her arguments, Lake produced an expert witness who purported to link the frustrations voters were experiencing with tabulator machines with fewer Republicans choosing to cast their ballot on Election Day.
Thomspon rejected those assertions as “unsupported assumptions” and explained Lake hadn’t offered clear or convincing evidence to prove that the misconduct on Election Day was intentional.
During Saturday’s ruling, Thompson sympathized with voters who experienced “anger and frustration” because of Election Day inconveniences but highlighted that setting aside an election’s results had never occurred in the country’s history.