The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously refused Kari Lake's latest effort to leapfrog the intermediate Court of Appeals, and have the Justices instead decide her 2022 Election Contest appeal.
Justice Bill Montgomery drew the short straw to write up the Order (below) before the Thanksgiving holiday. (Lake had filed the Motion last week to transfer the case.)
"Appellant Lake does not show good cause for transferring the appeal from the court of appeals, where the matter has been fully briefed."
On Monday, Lake asked the Justices to sanction Maricopa County for their Response, alleging "repeated and deliberate mischaracterizations of the record and Arizona law". (Motion and proposed Reply below.) Montgomery was not impressed with that, either; he denied the request to file a Reply and declared that the sanctions issue was, thus, moot. (Lake has been sanctioned in the past by the court for such misconduct.)
The appeal remains with Division 2 of the intermediate Court of Appeals, where briefing was completed last week.
This article was reported by AZ Law founder Paul Weich.
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