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Arizona Supreme Court Issues Response to Kari Lake's Election Lawsuit

•, By Jack Phillips

"The Court notes that the Court of Appeals has entered a scheduling order directing respondents in the special action proceeding to file a response and has indicated that the matter will be conferenced, with possible oral argument, on January 24, 2023," the Supreme Court wrote (pdf). "No good cause appears to transfer the matter to this Court."

Both the appeal and Lake's petition for special action without prejudice to seek an expedited review were denied, the Supreme Court ruled.

Last month, Lake filed a lawsuit against then-Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Maricopa County supervisors, and other officials, arguing that issues that were reported during the Nov. 8 midterm election were enough to swing the gubernatorial race in her favor against Hobbs, a Democrat who was sworn-in as governor earlier this week. A Maricopa County judge, Peter Thompson, tossed her lawsuit on Dec. 24 and said she did not produce enough evidence.

Following the Supreme Court decision, Lake wrote Wednesday her case would be "going before the Appeals Court prior to the Arizona Supreme Court because it's already been scheduled for review," adding that she is "confident" the lawsuit will "end up in their hands" in the future. "We're moving forward," she added.

In a separate ruling, the three-judge panel in the Arizona Appeals Court wrote it would schedule a conference and oral arguments for Lake's appeal on Jan. 24, according to an order (pdf) issued Jan. 3. But it noted that the "case may be resolved, however, prior to that date if the panel declines to accept jurisdiction on the special action."