U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi, who was appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama, awarded sanctions in December against Kari Lake’s and Mark Finchem’s attorneys over their lawsuit against electronic voting machine tabulators in December. In his July 14 order, he emphasized that the sanctions are to be used “only in the most egregious situations” and as a “deterrent” to others who might be considering similar lawsuits.
Lake addressed the sanctions during an interview Wednesday on The Colonel of Truth.
“I sued to get rid of the machines in Arizona about a year before the election,” she said. “No, actually, I’m sorry. About six months. An Obama judge threw the case out, tried to sanction our attorneys,” she said, referencing the case with Tuchi (pictured above).
“They’re sanctioning our attorneys,” Lake said. “I tried to prevent the disaster of voting machines with this lawsuit BEFORE the election. We get to the election, the machines break down & they’re saying ‘you shouldn’t have bought it.’”
The Maricopa County Supervisors, represented by Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell, asked for $139,950 in attorneys fees. Tuchi found that the estimate wasn’t completely valid and lowered it to $122,200. In similar election-related cases, judges have declined to award sanctions against those bringing the lawsuits.
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