An Arizona judge turned down a lawsuit that requested the court intervene in the Arizona Republican Party election recount, claiming that he has no jurisdiction over inter-party disputes.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp ruled against the legal action Monday, according to the Arizona Republic.
“Whether or not any chicanery took place in the voting process on January 23, this Court finds that it does not have judicial authority to intervene in an inter-party dispute that is guided by rules and procedures agreed upon by an independent political party,” Kemp wrote.
“Superior Courts in Arizona are mindful and supportive of transparency and fair play,” Kemp said.
He added, “This court also [finds] that judicial intervention would be inappropriate given the available remedies outlined above and the public interest in the independence of political parties from judicial oversight.”
“The lawsuit was a distraction, and we’re happy to see it dismissed,” Jack Wilenchik, the attorney representing the state party, told the Examiner.
He may be happy to see the lawsuit end, but the election controversy in Arizona is far from over. The Maricopa County recount continues to fill headlines as the state evaluates its 2020 election ballots.