Kari Lake refuses to defend her statements in defamation suit filed by Arizona election official

Lake KariA prominent election denier running for a Senate seat in Arizona has decided not to contest her liability in a defamation suit filed by a Republican election official in Maricopa County.

Stephen Richer, who presided over the county’s 2022 elections, filed a defamation complaint against Lake in June, alleging she “repeatedly and falsely accused” him of causing her election defeat in the gubernatorial race won by Democrat Katie Hobbs.

Lake‘s legal team filed a motion for default judgment on Tuesday stating that it does not dispute his guilt. Instead, she seeks to contest damages.

She also said Richer should have to turn over relevant medical and psychiatric records to show his health was affected, as he detailed in his lawsuit. Lake requested the empanelment of a jury for the default judgment hearing.

Lake, a staunch Trump ally, repeatedly pushed the lie that she had won her gubernatorial bid in 2022, and in doing so took aim at Richer.

The lawsuit alleged that “Richer and his family were the targets of threats of violence, even death, and had their lives turned upside down” due to Lake’s “knowing and malicious lies.”

The lawsuit cited a series of allegations of election denialism by Lake, including her falsely claiming that Richer misprinted the ballots “so that the tabulators would jam all day.” In another instance, his campaign’s Twitter account claimed that Richer “sabotaged” Election Day.

Dozens of vote tabulation machines defective in Arizona’s 2022 election and would not agree to read ballots, something some conservatives have falsely pointed out by espousing conspiracy theories. The root cause was ultimately trace changes to the ballot.

Lake denounced Richer’s lawsuit Tuesday in a video statement on X.

“By participating in this lawsuit, it would only legitimize this perversion of our legal system and allow bad actors to interfere in our upcoming elections,” she said. “So I won’t be…

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