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Arizona Senate Must Produce Audit Records

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The Arizona State Senate must produce public records related to the Maricopa County forensic audit per a ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday. The court supported previous lower court decisions to produce records requested in a May lawsuit brought by American Oversight, as reported by UncoverDC.

However, the AZ Senate has yet to receive the passwords, hardware keys, and routers now ordered to be produced by Maricopa County as requested by Arizona’s Attorney General, Mark Brnovich. The penalty for not handing over the materials could cost the county $700 million in state-shared tax revenue. Brnovich gave Maricopa County 30 days—the 27th of September—to comply.

On August 22, Judge Kemp granted an extension to allow the court to consider the stay pleadings from the Senate with a deadline of Aug. 31 for all Amicus Briefs and a court conference on the matter on Sept. 14.

Tuesday, Judge Kemp dissolved the petition for stay and ordered all records be released.  Senate President Karen Fann sent a letter Tuesday requesting records from the audit team, Cyber Ninjas.

We’ve been fighting for public access to these documents since we sued in May. On Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected the state Senate’s latest bid to continue concealing records in custody of Cyber Ninjas, the lead contractor in the sham “audit.”https://t.co/bvLQqTex0f

— American Oversight (@weareoversight) September 15, 2021

Senate President Karen Fann has argued that the records should not be released because they are the property of private contractors. On August 2, Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp ordered to deliver all materials related to the audit.

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