Republican Attorney General Candidate Abe Hamadeh pounced on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Order in the Kari Lake appeal, and told the trial judge he should give him another chance at fighting Maricopa County’s signature verification process.
Hamadeh lost to Kris Mayes by less than 300 votes, and he lost his Election Contest trial in December. However, rather than appeal, Hamadeh filed a Motion for a New Trial on January 3. Despite the expedited timeline for Election Contest cases, Mohave County Judge Lee Jantzen has not yet ruled on the Motion, and is coming up on the (advisory) deadline for judges to rule on outstanding motions in early April.
(In addition to the (1) Motion for a New Trial, Judge Jantzen is coming up on his deadlines to rule on the Defendants’ Motions for (2) Sanctions and to (3) Compensate Ballot Inspectors, and a (4) Motion to Intervene by House Speaker Ben Toma and Senate President Warren Petersen.)
Hamadeh’s legal team use three points from the Lake Order to justify their request for a new trial:
–The Mayes/Hamadeh margin is much closer than the Hobbs/Lake margin, and the Supreme Court’s mention of needing a “competent mathematical basis to conclude that the outcome would plausibly have been different, not simply an untethered assertion of uncertainty” is relevant in his case.
–Judge Jantzen dismissed Hamadeh’s Count V regarding signature verification based on laches. The Supreme Court said laches should not apply to a challenge against the application of the policies.
–Finally, Hamadeh argues that the Supreme Court’s Order shows that “the time provisions (in the Election Contest statutes) do not conflict to prevent this Court from granting a new trial.”
They also ask Judge Jantzen to set a hearing on their Motion.
Here is the new filing:
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