An ‘expert’ witness for Kari Lake undermined key details of her case seeking to overturn her loss in the November midterm election.
Earlier this week a Maricopa County Superior Court judge threw out eight of Lake’s ten claims brought against Maricopa County officials and governor-elect Katie Hobbs.
Now, Lake is trying to prove that Maricopa County officials deliberately caused a printer malfunction which produced wrong size ballots that were not counted and ended up costing her the election, and that ballots were improperly added by a contractor that handles mail ballots.
The trial was off to a rocky start on Wednesday as Lake’s cybersecurity expert, Clay Parikh, an ally of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, got into a heated exchange with the attorney for Maricopa County, Tom Liddy, when he was grilled on the first allegation and ended up admitted some facts that undermine Lake’s lawsuit.
“Whether it’s accidental or inadvertent if the ballot has to be duplicated, once it’s duplicated, would it be tabulated, to your understanding?” Liddy asked Parikh about the misprinted ballots.
Parikh did not answer the question, instead insisting that the misprinted ballots were deliberate.
When the judge noted that his statement was “not responsive to this question,” Parikh said he was unable to answer the question.
“Let me ask a different question,” Liddy said. “Are duplicated ballots tabulated in Maricopa County general election, 2022?”
“If they’re duplicated correctly and they’re configured correctly, yes,” Parikh replied.
Officials in Maricopa county have acknowledged there was a printing malfunction on election day but it did not stop anyone from voting.