Kari Lake declines to defend defamation lawsuit filed by Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer

Kari Lake, a Republican Senate candidate in Arizona who says she lost the 2022 race for governor because of fraud, is declining to defend against a defamation lawsuit filed by a top election official. 

Lake this week asked a judge to jump directly to the damages phase of the lawsuit filed by Republican Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. The extraordinarily rare request for a default judgment seeks to bypass the opportunity to argue her statements were true or weren’t defamatory.

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The court had already rejected her motion to dismiss the case, and the Arizona Supreme Court declined to take her appeal.