Sunday, June 10th, 2012
After Arizona 's Appellate courts ruled in favor of the Libertarian's argument for prospective relief in rigged elections, Judge Kyle Bryson granted Pima County 's Motion to Dismiss based on the grounds that the courts do not have jurisdiction in elections. Sound familiar?
The goal of the Libertarian Party's suit is to protect the “purity of elections” in the future, starting with this 2012 election season. As stated in their initial disclosure statement:
“At the present time it is easy to cheat using our election computers and impossible to challenge a rigged election. The ease of cheating when matched with the impossibility of challenging any specific election requires court intervention in order to protect the purity of elections and ensure that we will have free elections.”
The need for prospective relief was first brought up in a counter claim by the Libertarian Party as a means to help prevent Pima County from rigging future elections like what appears to be the case for the RTA election. The appellate courts already decided that Libertarian party may demonstrate through the courts once and for all that the 2006 Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) election was rigged. This is a necessary component for justifying prospective relief. The RTA ballots for this two billion dollar bond measure are being held under a court order to ensure restricted access to their location at the Iron Mountain storage facility.
Currently, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is using every legal means possible to stand in the way of a proper, independent forensic examination of the ballots. Huckelberry's legal team is blocking this proceeding despite his numerous claims that his elections division would be exonerated by a proper investigation.
Judge Bryson, who replaced Judge Charles Harrington after he erred in his previous ruling, seems to have cut-and-pasted Judge Harrington's earlier ruling granting the County's Motion to Dismiss.
A key element in this court proceeding was Attorney General Terry Goddard's investigation which is often referenced by the county, yet always proven to be woefully inadequate. So inadequate that it represents the failure of the executive branch to provide sufficient remedy in a rigged election and was part of the argument for winning the initial appeal for prospective relief from rigged elections.
The issue of jurisdiction and when such jurisdiction applies was discussed in the previous Appellate Court ruling ordering the courts to proceed with the hearing for prospective relief. Here the argument centered around the failure of the legislative branch, because of the impossible five-day window to challenge elections in the state of Arizona . The Appellate Court agreed with the Libertarian Party's argument that "the court abused its discretion by not exercising equity jurisdiction to consider the lawsuit." This same abuse is repeated by Judge Kyle Bryson.
Bryson's ruling is the strongest evidence that Pima County 's court system should be included in the war of cost and attrition against election integrity. As Bill Risner observes, "This lawsuit involves only the issue of preventing cheating in the future. The Pima County Courts do not want to hear it and do not want to consider ways to prevent cheating."