Arizona’s Democrat Governor-elect Katie Hobbs believes Republican Kari Lake and her legal team should be sanctioned for filing a case that contested the 2022 election results, which a state judge dismissed on Saturday (December 24).
In a motion on Monday (December 26), Rachel Mitchell, Maricopa County Attorney, declared, “Enough is really enough.”
She made her assertions in a motion for sanctions and attorney fees against Lake and her attorneys.
Mitchell explained in her motion that ending “unfounded attacks on elections” was overdue.
The County Attorney asserted Lake’s case was filed “without any legitimate jurisdiction” before requesting the court impose sanctions on Lake and her attorneys Kurt Olsen and Bryan Blehm.
Monday’s filing comes after Maricopa County Superior Judge Peter Thompson dismissed Lake’s legal challenge on Saturday, asserting the court hadn’t found any evidence that there was a violation of State law in the November 8 polling.
Lake lost her gubernatorial race against Hobbs by 17,000 votes, which Judge Thompson confirmed in his Saturday ruling.
Thompson also requested that any sanction and attorney fees demands be made by Monday morning, giving Lake and her team until the afternoon to respond.
Maricopa County is requesting $25,000 in attorney fees for the two-day trial but could receive more should the judge grant more in attorney fees. The amount for sanctions wasn’t disclosed in Monday’s motion.
As the current Secretary of State Hobbs, who oversaw her own elections, stated in her sanction request, Lake had used the allegations of voter fraud to raise funds and score political points.