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The Gateway Pundit’s Jordan Conradson does not have a right to a Maricopa County press pass, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled this afternoon. The provocative, conservative website filed the action two weeks ago and asked for an injunction allowing him to attend post-election news conferences in secured, limited access areas.Jordan Conradson (Republic/Meg Potter)In a 17-page opinion, Judge John Tuchi evaluated the several arguments made by plaintiffs at last week’s evidentiary hearing, and decided that the County had adopted a press pass system and criteria appropriately broad and based upon that used by Congress and other public bodies.TGP/Conradson had
Continue Reading BREAKING: Maricopa County Can Refuse To Grant Gateway Pundit's Jordan Conradson Press Pass, Judge Rules (READ Order)

UPDATE, 5:15pm: As of this evening, it is unclear which Judge has been assigned to this case and whether the Monday hearing will be rescheduled. The docket initially showed that Judge Connie Contes was assigned. Contes has retired and is not taking new cases. The docket this morning showed that it had been reassigned to Judge Frank Moskowitz. However, tonight, Arizona’s Law received two Minute Entries from the Court, entered earlier today. The first moves it from Contes to Judge Danielle Viola.The second shifts it back for assignment, stating that Judge Viola “has determined a conflict of interest exists. Therefore,
Continue Reading ELECTION CONTEST UPDATE: One Judge Recuses Herself From Hamadeh Election Contest; Monday Hearing May Or May Not Be On

Attorneys for the Republican Governors Association and the Arizona GOP may have committed multiple ethics violations this week when they recorded an attorney-to-attorney conversation with a Maricopa County attorney about ballot counting, made a perceived threat and then followed through on it by releasing video of the conversation.Ben Mehr speaking with Tom Liddy, from videoThe Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had “no additional comment” when asked by Arizona’s Law on Saturday whether it (or any of its attorneys) would be filing complaints with the State Bar of Arizona against Tim LaSota or other disciplinary agencies against RGA staff attorney Benjamin Mehr.Liddy
Continue Reading NEW: GOP Attorneys May Face Ethics Complaints For Recording/Releasing Attorney For Maricopa County, Following Through On Perceived Threat

Outgoing Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s Office emailed a 3 1/2 page letter to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office asking for details on the well-publicized Election Day snafus and how the County complied with state election laws.Citing “hundreds of complaints” and claiming they “go beyond pure speculation”, Asst AG Jennifer Wright asks for a detailed response before Maricopa County canvasses the results on or before November 28.Most of the items have already been discussed by the County since Election Day, and have been the subject of discussions between MCAO’s Tom Liddy and attorneys for the Republican parties and candidates. And,
Continue Reading BREAKING: Outgoing AZAG Brnovich Asks Maricopa County To Address Election Day Issues (READ Letter)

Kari Lake’s trip to Mar a Lago yesterday may have been for more than just schmoozing. Caroline Wren was a major fundraiser for the Jan. 6 rally, and has now popped up as the gubernatorial candidate’s “Senior Advisor”, and is spreading inaccurate information about last week’s election.Wren was intimately involved with the planning for the Trump campaign’s January 6 events in 2021, and boasted that she had raised $3M to support the rally portion. Her appearance on Steve Bannon’s show yesterday as Lake’s Senior Advisor raises all kinds of questions about how the former newscaster is going to contest
Continue Reading BREAKING – WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Caroline Wren Raised $3M For Jan. 6; Today, She's Sr. Advisor For Kari Lake's Post-Election Plans

Facing a status hearing tomorrow, Republicans today voluntarily dismissed their Election Day lawsuit about the problems faced by Maricopa County voters when many Vote Center tabulators were not able to read the timing marks printed by the ballot printers. Republicans had sought to keep Vote Centers open past 7pm to permit voters to return to cast a tabulatable ballot. Judge Tim Ryan denied the motion, noting that there was no evidence that voters had been precluded from casting a ballot, even if it was not going to be tabulated on the spot. (Ballots were put into a slot to permit them
Continue Reading UPDATE: Republicans Voluntarily Dismiss Their E-Day Suit Re: Tabulator Problems

(This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.)Two of the Cochise County Supervisors have taken the unusual step of suing their own Elections Director, in their pursuit of expanding a hand count of ballots to 16 of the county’s 17 Vote Centers.Bisbee site big enough for the hand countLisa Marra is sticking to the state laws calling for a limited hand count audit of the machine counts. Supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd filed the suit, saying Marra “has refused to comply with the Board’s lawful command to conduct an expanded hand count.”They ask the Court
Continue Reading Cochise County Supervisors Sue Their Own Elections Director: Hand Count Or Turn Over the Ballots (READ Complaint)

As noted earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court today turned down Kelli Ward’s request they keep T-Mobile from turning over her cellphone call records to Congress’ January 6 Select Committee. So, what will happen next?The AZGOP Chair has been fighting this subpoena since February. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa dismissed the case in September. Since then, each court – Humetewa, the 9th Circuit and now the Supreme Court – has refused to stop T-Mobile from complying while an appeal of the dismissal is proceeding.Before now turning over the records, T-Mobile will now ask the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Continue Reading WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT in Kelli Ward's Case To Stop Jan. 6 Subpoena? Disclose Patients' Phone Numbers, Or Not?

Attorneys for the Cochise County Recorder and Board of Supervisors are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to take control of their appeal to permit a hand count of all ballots cast in Tuesday’s election.The Court has the authority to yank the appeal of the Superior Court Judge’s injunction prohibiting the extra-legal hand count from the intermediate Court of Appeals.The County says the transfer is necessary so that they can finish a hand count before certification of the results is required before the official canvassing of the results later this month. The request also cites the tabulator issues in Maricopa County
Continue Reading BREAKING: Cochise County Asks AZ Supreme Court To Permit Hand Count Of All Ballots

(This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.)Superior Court Judge PROHIBITS Cochise County Bd of Supervisors from requiring a full hand count audit of tomorrow’s election. This article was reported by AZ Law founder Paul Weich. Paul was running for a seat in Arizona’s House of Representatives.“AZ Law” includes articles, commentaries and updates about opinions from the Arizona Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court, as well as trial and appellate courts, etc. AZ Law is founded by Phoenix attorney Paul Weich, and joins Arizona’s Politics on the internet. AZ Law airs on non-profit Sun Sounds of
Continue Reading BREAKING: Superior Court Judge PROHIBITS Cochise County Bd of Supervisors from requiring a full hand count audit of tomorrow's election. (READ Decision)

 (This is a developing story. Please check back later for further details.)This article was reported by AZ Law founder Paul Weich. Paul was running for a seat in Arizona’s House of Representatives.“AZ Law” includes articles, commentaries and updates about opinions from the Arizona Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court, as well as trial and appellate courts, etc. AZ Law is founded by Phoenix attorney Paul Weich, and joins Arizona’s Politics on the internet. AZ Law airs on non-profit Sun Sounds of Arizona, a statewide reading service that provides audio access to printed material for people who cannot hold
Continue Reading BREAKING: AZGOP Ordered To Comply With Subpoena In Battle Over 2021 Alleged Voter Suppression Laws

Justice Kagan ordered a temporary halt of the turnover of AZGOP Chair Kelli Ward’s – and, her husband’s –  phone records to Jan. 6 Committee. She has ordered the January 6 Committee that issued the subpoena to respond by Friday afternoon.Ward filed her request to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, following the 9th Circuit’s rejection of her request for a stay of the subpoena pending her appeal of the dismissal of her case.Ward is arguing that the subpoena must be halted because it will chill the political associational rights for Congress to be able to identify the people (behind
Continue Reading BREAKING: Justice Kagan orders temporary halt of turnover of @kelliwardaz's phone records to Jan. 6 Committee (READ)

Arizona Judge Douglas Rayes is ready to hear oral arguments Tuesday on Arizona’s 2021 ban on abortions due to genetic abnormalities, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning the Roe v. Wade precedent. Rayes today issued a 10 page memorandum listing what questions he would like attorneys for the abortion providers/supporters and the state to address in the U.S. District Court injunction hearing.”The Court must consider these issues fresh and carefully ensure its analysis comports with Dobbs,” Rayes wrote. At the same time that the Supreme Court majority handed down that landmark opinion, it vacated Rayes’ previous injunction.
Continue Reading BREAKING: Judge Ready To Take a "Fresh… Harder Look" At Arizona's Genetic Anomalies Abortion Ban In Light of Dobbs

 Arizona Solicitor General Beau Roysden has left the Attorney General’s Office after more than two years in the high-profile post.Roysden represented the State in several high-profile cases brought by outgoing Attorney General Mark Brnovich, including arguing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Roysden joined the AG’s Office from private practice in 2018. Before becoming the Solicitor General, he was the Division Chief for the Appeals & Constitutional Litigation Division.No word yet on where the University of Arizona law school graduate (2008) is headed next. The departure was not announce by Brnovich’s office, but Arizona’s Law discovered he had left
Continue Reading AZ Solicitor General Beau Roysden Leaves AG's Office (ARIZONA'S LEGAL SHORTS)

 A coalition of national media organizations has asked the court to release 12 January 6th-related videos of Arizona’s Jacob Chansley during the insurrection, which were submitted by the DOJ in the sentencing phase of the case.The request comes the same day that the House January 6 Select Committee held a hearing. The coalition includes all three major broadcast networks, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio and others. They cite the presumption that the videos are subject to “an unrebutted presumption of public access” and asks the Court to order their release
Continue Reading BREAKING: National Media Ask Court To Release Jan. 6 Videos Of Arizona's Jacob Chansley (READ Application)

Attorneys for the Arizona State Senate yesterday told the court that they have paid former staffer Talonya Adams the $300,000+ in damages after a jury had awarded her more than $2.75M for employment retaliation. (Federal law capped the award at $300,000.)(From Twitter profile)However, Adams today told the court that she did not receive the $300,000 check that was apparently sent by regular first class mail.The unusual legal exchange is the latest chapter in a long-running case that has had political implications. Adams reported to the Senate’s Democratic Caucus, and she maintains that the retaliation shows that then-Minority Leader
Continue Reading UNUSUAL DISPUTE: AZ State Senate Says It Paid Talonya Adams Her $300,000 Retaliation Verdict; Adams Tells Court That's False