On Tuesday, Judge Peter Thompson ordered Kari Lake, defendant Katie Hobbs, and Maricopa County election officials to appear in court, per The Gateway Pundit. In an online hearing, GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake’s legal team discussed setting the court schedule for her lawsuit against Democrat governor candidate Katie Hobbs, who is also the acting Arizona Secretary of State.
A lawyer representing Hobbs, Andy Gaona, told the judge that he expected Lake’s lawsuit to be dismissed. The timeline for motions to dismiss was also discussed, along with a trial if a dismissal does occur.
An attorney for Kari Lake, Bryan Blehm, noted during the proceedings that they needed “ample time” to present evidence.
Ultimately, motions to dismiss the case were given a deadline of Thursday, Dec. 15, while Lake’s response will be due by Sunday, Dec. 18. Further, a trial has been set for Dec. 21-22 if there is no dismissal.
Lake’s lawsuit clocks in at 70 pages and names Hobbs as a defendant, along with Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, Maricopa County Chairman Bill Gates, and members of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors Clint Hickman, Jack Sellers, Thomas Galvin, and Steve Gallardo. Scott Jarret, the Maricopa County Director of Elections and “the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors” are also listed.
The lawsuit is filled with evidence of election problems that took place in the Maricopa County election processes, including stunning testimony from Runbeck whistleblowers who alleged that there were nearly 300,000 ballots that had no chain of custody documentation.
Kari Lake has previously stated that in the 2022 midterm elections, Arizonan’s “sacred vote was trampled on. Every Arizonan should be furious, regardless of Party.”