UPDATE, 3:15pm: The "brief Briefs" have been filed. To read the documents and our reporting on them, please visit this article.
When AZGOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward taunted Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs with "See you at the Supreme Court" on Friday night, she may not have realized that they would not actually see each other nor that the Supreme Court could rule on the appeal by Monday night.
Election-related appeals are always fast-tracked by the Arizona Supreme Court, but they added some speed this morning. Justice Bill Montgomery - a Republican who was the Maricopa County Attorney until just over a year ago - issued the Order (below) calling for briefs to be filed by noon today. As is customary for these appeals, there will be no oral argument.
The ultra-fast deadline would indicate that the Supreme Court intends to rule either today or tomorrow morning, keeping in mind the Tuesday Safe Harbor deadline. Congress cannot challenge any state's electors if the results are certified and lawsuits resolved by the end of the day tomorrow..
Superior Court Judge Randall Warner held a two-day hearing last week, and determined Friday afternoon that the evidence did not show fraud or misconduct that would lead to changing the results.
Ward immediately appealed, and her attorney, Jack Wilenchik, told Arizona's Law that "the litigation ha(d) revealed serious (2% to .5%) error in the processing of ballots that needs to be investigated further (given that the presidential race was only 0.3% apart), and not ignored by sitting elections officials. The judge declined to allow further inspections because he believes that there is a deadline of Dec. 8th to conclude all litigation (per Bush v. Gore), which we disagree with (as did the late Justice Ginsberg, as well as Justices Souter and Breyer)."
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