Maricopa County asks judge to toss Kari Lake lawsuit to expedite election records request

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Monday, December 5, 2022 - 2:26pm

Maricopa County is asking a judge to toss that lawsuit from losing gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake requesting public records related to Election Day problems. 

Lake filed that records request on Nov. 15 and sued days later for not receiving them. Her attorney wants to fast track the case, even though the county would not be required to file a response to the lawsuit until Dec. 19, by normal standards. 

Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Joseph Branco says Lake is trying to “jump the line” and the claim is flawed based on subjective expectations. 

"Setting this on an expedited schedule, I think, would set a terrible precedent. There are many requesters all across Maricopa County, indeed, across the state, that believe that the records they are seeking are extraordinarily important to them," Branco said. 

Branco says some of the requested documents have already been posted to the county website.

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