ACTIVE CASES/PENDING SUPREME COURT PETITION
Bowyer v. Ducey (Trial court: 2:20-cv-02321-DJH; Appeals Court: ; U.S. Supreme Court: 20-858)
Lawyer Sidney Powell filed a federal lawsuit on Dec. 2 seeking to de-certify and invalidate improper votes in Arizona over election fraud, and to order officials to preserve equipment and voting data for inspection. The suit alleges that over 412,000 votes were cast illegally in the state. Most of the plaintiffs are Republican presidential electors in the state and members of the Republican party in the state.
Dec. 2: Lawsuit filed. Powell also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order.
Dec 5: Judge schedules hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 8 to hear arguments on the motion to dismiss filed by defendants. Powell asks the court to expand the hearing time from one hour to three hours in order to allow witnesses to present evidence.
Dec. 6: Judge rejects request for a three-hour hearing to hear witnesses and limits hearing to motion to dismiss.
Dec. 9: Judge dismisses case. A co-counsel on the case told The Epoch Times that they intend to appeal the case.
Dec. 10: Powell’s team files notice of appeal.
Dec. 11: Powell’s team files an emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dec. 29: U.S. Supreme Court dockets Powell’s emergency petition.
Dec. 30: Powell’s team ask court to consolidate all four related-cases filed by the lawyer on behalf of Republican electors.
Ward v. Jackson, et al. (State Court: CV2020-015285; State Supreme Court: CV20-0343-AP/EL; U.S. Supreme Court: 20-809)
Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward filed a petition on Nov. 24 for early inspection of mail-in ballot envelopes and signatures, ahead of an anticipated elections contest against 11 Arizona Democrat presidential electors. Ward’s challenge alleges that some suburbs in Maricopa County had an unusually high number of duplicated ballots. It also claims that there were insufficient safeguards to verify mail-in ballots.
Nov. 24: Petition filed.
Dec. 2: Plaintiff files motion to compel or motion for continued inspection (pdf).
Dec. 4: After two days of hearings, an Arizona judge denies relief for the plaintiff (pdf), ruling that the evidence did not show fraud or misconduct. The judge also found that there was a low error rate and that it would not impact the outcome of the election. Ward has indicated that she would appeal the case to the state Supreme Court.
Dec. 7: Arizona Supreme Court granted a request to expeditiously review the ruling.
Dec. 8: Arizona Supreme Court denies Ward’s request for relief and upholds trial judge’s decision.
Dec. 11: Ward announces the Arizona Republican Party will appeal its case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dec. 15: U.S. Supreme Court dockets Kelli Ward’s petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for expedited consideration filed on Dec. 11.