Judge Lets Maricopa County Audit Go Forward, But Legal Struggle Continues


Judge Daniel Martin Wednesday dismissed an emergency restraining order filed last week that tried to shut down the Maricopa County, Arizona 2020 election audit. However, Judge Martin mentioned the possibility of a Democrat appeal that could shut down the audit in the near future. Democrats and their lawyers are trying to stop the ongoing audit carried out by the Arizona Republican Senate and the Cyber Ninjas auditing team.

Martin dismissed the restraining order but made it clear that Democrats could appeal this decision and try again to get an order to shut down the audit. Democrats will certainly try to appeal. In a blow to the Republicans, Martin also determined Wednesday that Cyber Ninjas cannot keep their auditing tactics and procedures secret at this time from the press. Cyber Ninjas will certainly appeal that decision. If Democrats know the tactics that Cyber Ninjas are using, they can try to argue that the tactics are unlawful, even though no evidence exists to suggest that Cyber Ninjas are acting improperly or illegally. Additionally, Martin said that if lawyers for the Republican Senate do not reach an agreement with Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ team by 5 PM Pacific Time Wednesday, then Martin will rule Thursday on whether or not Hobbs will be able to inspect the audit.

Martin’s motives have come under scrutiny, particularly after Martin said Tuesday that he is not completely satisfied that the audit conforms with the law. Martin only took over the case after the previous Republican-appointed judge recused himself while the audit was underway. The drama continues to unfold…

As NATIONAL FILE reported: Judge Daniel Martin, who is now presiding over the challenge to the Arizona Senate Republicans’ audit of the Maricopa County 2020 election results, is a Democrat appointee who worked for a firm that merged with Perkins Coie, the pro-Democrat powerhouse firm that is trying to shut down the Maricopa County audit.

Martin took over the case after the previous judge overseeing it, Republican Judge Christopher Coury, recused himself because a lawyer for the Cyber Ninjas auditing team previously worked as an extern for Coury’s office. That lawyer was not listed as a representative for Cyber Ninjas until recently, prompting Coury’s recusal. A hearing will reportedly be convened in the case on Tuesday at 11 AM. A local NBC reporter said that the new judge Martin was initially appointed to a judgeship by former Democrat Arizona governor Janet Napolitano.

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Judge Daniel Martin worked as an associate attorney for Brown & Bain from 1992 to 1996. In 2004, Brown & Bain merged with Perkins Coie, the massive pro-Democrat law firm. Perkins Coie has been active in the audit process on behalf of the Democrat Party cause. Perkins Coie officials signed a letter to the Arizona Senate president Karen Fann threatening legal consequences if they interpret that the Senate audit ends up breaking federal civil rights laws. The Arizona Democrat Party’s lawsuit against the Republican Senate President Karen Fann, Cyber Ninjas and others was filed by lawyers for Coppelsmith Brockelman and Barton Mendez Soto, two firms that are linked to Perkins Coie by virtue of the fact that their firm officials also signed the threatening letter to the Senate president Fann that Perkins Coie officials signed. Martin’s biography shows the apparent conflict of interest, with one bio mentioning that Brown & Bain is “now Perkins Coie.”

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