Arizona judge rules out sanctions against Kari Lake but orders $33,000 in fees
An Arizona judge on Tuesday declined to issue sanctions against former GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake for a now-dismissed lawsuit she brought to overturn her defeat in the state's governor's race.
Driving the news: Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson ordered Lake to pay around $33,000 in legal fees to Arizona Democratic Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, the state's secretary of state who won the race by around 17,000 votes and was named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
- Lake was ordered to compensate expert witnesses that testified in the trial over the lawsuit.
- Hobbs had requested sanctions against Lake.
The latest: Lake filed a notice of appeal in Arizona Superior Court to challenge the dismissal of her lawsuit.
What they're saying: "There is no doubt that each side believes firmly in its position with great conviction,” Thompson wrote. "The fact that plaintiff [Lake] failed to meet the burden of clear and convincing evidence ... does not equate to a finding that her claims were, or were not, groundless and presented in bad faith."
The big picture: Thompson rejected Lake's legal bid last week, ruling she did not prove that election officials committed misconduct that would've changed the outcome of the race.
- The dismissal confirmed Hobbs' victory in the race.
- During her campaign, Lake — a Trump-backed candidate who pushed baseless election denial claims — stated that she would contest an unfavorable outcome in the election.
What's next: Hobbs is set to be sworn in as the governor of Arizona next month.