Maricopa County Republican Leadership Unanimously Censures Arizona Supreme Court for ‘Injustice’ and ‘Bias’ in Handling Election-Related Lawsuits

The Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Executive Guidance Committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday censuring the Arizona Supreme Court (ASC) for its handling of election lawsuits. The censure came after the state’s highest court issued two relatively favorable rulings for Republicans: reversing sanctions against the Arizona Republican Party for an election-related case and upholding Arizona’s old 1864 law restricting abortion.

The resolution said that “meaningful lawsuits have been brought before the Arizona Superior Courts and were unjustly dismissed.”

It said, “[C]andidates Kari Lake and Abe Hamadeh sought justice from our Supreme Court Justices to rectify these injustices,” but “the Arizona Supreme Court has added to the injustices by imposing unreasonable and unwarranted sanctions.”

The AST voted unanimously to sanction Hamadeh’s attorneys last August for incorrectly stating that they had brought up their concerns to the trial court about the trial court’s delay in issuing a judgment in Hamadeh’s election lawsuit. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen took an extra long time issuing his ruling, which prompted Hamadeh’s attorneys to file a Special Action with the AST asking for direction on what to do since they could not appeal without a final judgment. But instead of faulting Jantzen, the AST blasted Hamadeh’s team for the mistake, which was due to incorrectly remembering whether the issue had been brought up with Jantzen.

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