A judge has ruled in favor of the left-leaning watchdog group American Oversight in a lawsuit seeking the disclosure of records in Maricopa County election audit from Arizona Senate before a testimony revealed bombshell findings.
According to the Washington Examiner, American Oversight filed the lawsuit seeking Maricopa audit records, citing Arizona’s Public Records Law.
However, the attorneys for Arizona Senate argued that the various documents, including donor information, sought in the case are not subject to public disclosure rules because they are held by Florida-based private firm Cyber Ninjas and its subcontractors.
In a ruling on Thursday, July 15, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp said he “completely rejects” the arguments presented by Arizona Senate’s attorneys.
“Nothing in the statute absolves Senate defendants’ responsibilities to keep and maintain records for authorities supported by public monies by merely retaining a third-party contractor who in turns hires subvendors,” Kemp wrote in a court minute.
“Allowing the Senate Defendants to circumvent the PRL [Public Records Law] by retaining private companies to perform valid legislative and/or constitutional functions would be an absurd result and undermine Arizona’s strong policy in favor of permitting access to records reflecting governmental activity,” he wrote.
Kemp said that it is irrelevant if the Arizona Senate does not have audit information that is in the hands of Cyber Ninjas, saying they must demand the records from the private firm he said is “contractually obligated … to fully cooperate with the Senate by providing the information or documents.”
Arguing that said the audit information is covered under Arizona’s public records law, and because Arizona Senate President Karen Fann has stated that the audit is a public function, the judge ruled that Arizona Senate’s motion to dismiss American Oversight’s lawsuit “is denied.”
In its lawsuit, American Oversight requested Arizona Senate to “immediately” disclose its records related to its 2020 election audit in Maricopa County.
“For months, the public has been asked to trust the word of senators about the sham audit of the 2020 election. Arizona law does not allow the Senate to outsource democracy and shroud it in secrecy. This ruling makes clear that the Senate must immediately begin releasing records to the public,” Austin Evers, American Oversight’s executive director, said.
The judge supported the left-leaning watchdog group right before the Maricopa County forensic audit testimony was held in the Arizona Senate on Thursday, which gave stunning revelations.
According to the Gateway Pundit, Arizona Senate’s audit team found 74,243 mail-in ballots with no clear record of them ever being sent but received and included in the 2020 election in Maricopa County.
The team also announced that ballots were counted that were not on the proper paper stock and were not in proper printing alignment.
In addition, other ballots were marked with Sharpie pens that bled through the paper.
With such findings, Arizona state Senator Wendy Rogers has called on President Joe Bidens’ electors to be recalled to the state and a new election to be conducted to get all things “right.”