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 claimed that the criteria was unconstitutionally vague, that he had not had due process and that he was discriminated against because of his viewpoints. Judge Tuchi determined they were unlikely to prevail on any of those, while gently chiding Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer for one of his retweets which could have been interpreted as disagreeing with Conradson's beliefs. ("Such behavior may be beneath the dignity of the office, but Plaintiffs have not substantiated their claim that keeping them out was the animating reason behind the restrictions.")
Conradson came to widespread attention last year because of the access he had to the State Senate's "audit" of the 2020 election.
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