The Arizona Supreme Court has issued a ruling that sanctions the Republican National Committee in a case related to the 2022 election, according to Democratic lawyer Marc Elias.

Reports noted that Abe Hamadeh, a state GOP attorney general candidate who lost to Democrat Kris Mayes by only 280 votes, had asked the state Supreme Court to overturn that loss and order a new election after previous attempts had failed.In his filing, he asserted that there were more than 500 “uncounted votes in Pinal County,” the Arizona Mirror reported last week. “He also alleges that changes made to Service Arizona and the Arizona Voter Information Database resulted in as many as 1,000 rejected provisional ballots,” the outlet continued.After Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen rejected the claim in July, Hamedeh elected to bypass an appeals court and take his case straight to the state’s highest court, which rejected his arguments as well.“Because Petitioners were not only aware that they needed a final judgment to seek appellate relief but also misrepresented to this Court that they had sought such relief when they had not done so, and because this representation was the underlying premise upon which this petition was brought, and because all of Petitioners’ claims for trial court error can be presented on appeal, we find that the special action unnecessarily expanded the proceeding and compelled Respondents to incur the unnecessary expense of filing their court-ordered response,” the Supreme Court ruling noted, according to Raw Story

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.“Therefore, IT IS FURTHER ORDERED (sic) granting Respondent Mayes’ and Respondent Fontes’ request against Petitioners … and for their reasonable attorney fees incurred to respond to the petition,” it continued.In an X post, Elias said that Hamadeh would be responsible for paying the respondents’ attorney fees.

Hamadeh initially filed his action last fall. According to The Western Journal at the time:

The counts moving forward paint a damning portrait of incompetence and malfeasance that could easily lend itself to significantly altering a 511-vote victory.

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