AG Mayes asks Arizona Supreme Courtroom to reject Hamadeh’s enchantment

The Arizona Supreme Courtroom ought to
reject Abraham Hamadeh’s insincere try to fast-track his enchantment that
goals to overturn his 2022 election loss, say legal professionals for Legal professional
Common Kris Mayes. 

A bit over per week in the past, Hamadeh’s authorized group filed a particular motion with the excessive courtroom
aimed toward skipping over the Courtroom of Appeals in his ongoing bid to
overturn Mayes’ win. The defeated Republican nominee for legal professional
normal, who misplaced by simply 280 votes, is looking for a brand new trial after one in
December didn’t persuade a decide that widespread points with election processes price him a victory. 

And whereas that push for a brand new trial was dismissed by a trial courtroom decide final month, his attorneys argued within the particular motion that errors and delays on the a part of the decide warrants reviving the case.

Alexis Danneman, an legal professional for
Mayes, a Democrat, stated that Hamadeh himself is accountable for the delays
within the case. Within the particular motion, Hamadeh’s legal professionals criticized Mohave
County Superior Courtroom Decide Lee Jantzen for issuing late and unsigned
rulings. And not using a signature, an order isn’t closing and might’t be
appealed. However, Danneman stated, the choice to formally request a binding
decision was at all times an possibility — Hamadeh’s attorneys simply didn’t take

“Petitioners’ illustration that
they’ve ‘repeatedly’ tried to get the superior courtroom to enter
judgment is fake,” Danneman wrote. “Petitioners have by no means requested the
superior courtroom to enter a closing judgment with the requisite finality
language at any stage of this case. Not as soon as.” 

The remainder of the complaints introduced up
within the particular motion, which revolve round how Jantzen carried out the
December trial, ought to be dealt with by the state appeals courtroom, Mayes
contends. Though, Danneman famous, any disagreements with Jantzen’s
pretrial decision-making ought to actually have been introduced up on the

“In any occasion, there’s not a
adequate foundation for this Courtroom to listen to — within the first occasion —
(Hamadeh’s) quite a few substantive arguments,” she wrote. “Every of the
points raised within the Petition might have been raised within the courtroom of

The truth is, days earlier than Hamadeh’s marketing campaign filed the particular motion, it additionally submitted a discover of enchantment, regardless of not but having obtained an appealable order from Jantzen. Doing so successfully froze Jantzen’s means to difficulty a signed order,
and Hamadeh’s attorneys have since requested for that enchantment to be
dismissed as untimely. The particular motion to the Supreme Courtroom additionally
requests that the courtroom order Jantzen to ship a closing judgment. 

Danneman criticized Hamadeh’s
marketing campaign for inflicting a complicated tangle of judicial requests, noting
that there are nonetheless pending sanctions and poll inspector compensation
points left to resolve in Jantzen’s courtroom. On these grounds alone, the
state’s excessive courtroom ought to deny the particular motion request, she argued. 

“Petitioners have unnecessarily
difficult this case by looking for reduction within the superior courtroom, the courtroom
of appeals, and this Courtroom, all concurrently,” she wrote. “This
self-created procedural morass solely additional saps valuable judicial and
get together sources — and warrants declining.” 

Failed gubernatorial candidate Kari
Lake additionally sought an enchantment from each the state appeals and state supreme
courts concurrently twice this yr. Her first try was rejected,
after the Arizona Supreme Courtroom judges despatched the problem again to the decrease courtroom and her second try hasn’t but been responded to. 

Danneman urged the Supreme Courtroom to
reject Hamadeh’s bid to hurry up the judicial course of, saying that his
continued efforts to maintain his case alive undermines Mayes’ win and the
will of everybody who put her in workplace. 

“The bias to the Defendants and
the two.5 million Arizonans who voted within the 2022 Common Election for
Arizona Legal professional Common could be excessive, and completely unprecedented,
if Petitioners had been allowed to have their claims heard at this late
date,” she wrote.

A further request from Hamadeh’s
marketing campaign for attorneys’ charges must also be rejected, and as an alternative Mayes’
authorized prices ought to be compensated and Hamadeh ought to be assessed
sanctions, Daneman argued. 

“There isn’t a excuse for delaying
almost eight months to file a particular motion on pretrial choices. And
there was no excuse to attend till after Ms. Mayes took workplace to file a
movement for a brand new trial,” Danneman wrote. “Petitioners have (not for the
first time) compelled Defendants to divert time and sources away from
finishing up the capabilities of state authorities and to responding to
frivolous, prolonged filings as an alternative.”