PHOENIX (HPD) — A judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, saying her claims that problems with some printers on Election Day were intentional have been unsubstantiated.
Judge Peter Thompson ruled that there is no clear or compelling evidence of any illegality in last November’s election, as Lake alleges.
Thompson, of Maricopa County and appointed by then-Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, determined that the witnesses presented by Lake had no personal knowledge of any malicious or illegal activity.
“This court cannot accept speculation or conjecture in lieu of clear and compelling evidence,” Thompson stated.
Lake was defeated by Democrat Katie Hobbs by just over 17,000 votes. She has since been one of the staunchest proponents of the lies propagated by former President Donald Trump that he won the 2020 presidential election.
While most other Republicans conceded defeat after the November election, Lake refused to do so. Instead, she asked the judge to declare her the winner or order another election in Maricopa County.
In his ruling, the judge acknowledged “the anger and frustration” of voters who suffered inconvenience in the elections and stressed that annulling the results of an election “has never happened in the history of the United States.”
“But the duty of this court is not only to listen to the public complaint,” the judge continued. “It is also to submit the arguments of the accusing party and the accused party to the light of the court and to the scrutiny of the law.”