ARIZONA NEWS

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer explains why he’s suing Kari Lake

Jun 27, 2023, 2:00 PM

Maricopa County, Arizona, Recorder Stephen Richer, left, is suing losing gubernatorial candidate Ka...

(Getty Images Photos)

(Getty Images Photos)

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer doesn’t care if you make fun of his looks, but falsely accusing him of criminal activity crosses a line.

Richer, a Republican, filed a defamation lawsuit against losing 2022 GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake last week in an effort to stop her from repeating false and harmful statements, he told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Tuesday.

“This lawsuit is not about, ‘I’m ugly’ or ‘I’m terrible’ or ‘I’m the worst’ or something along those lines, which of course is First Amendment protected,” Richer said.

“This is about a number of specific statements that have accused me of doing, intentionally, a specific unlawful act that would be truly awful, that would cause me to abandon my oath of office, that would be a serious crime — that multiple courts have said is false.”

The suit takes issue with two claims in particular — that Richer intentionally had 19-inch ballot images printed on 20-inch paper, causing counting problems, and that he injected 300,000 bogus ballots. It details nearly three dozen times she made the claims publicly on social media or at rallies and news conferences.

“That’s not even an area of the election administration that I have control over,” he said of the image size allegation.

“And, so, we pointed this out time after time, hoping with patience that we could just correct the record, we could let her know, and then the comments would stop — but they wouldn’t stop.”

Richer’s suit, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, names Lake, her campaign and her political fundraising group as defendants. It says Richer has faced death threats and has spent thousands of dollars on home security.

In addition to unspecified monetary damages, Richer is seeking a court order declaring Lake’s statements false and requiring her to delete them from social media.

“After exercising a good amount of patience, we’re using what may be the last club in our bag to try and put an end to this,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

File photo of a Phoenix Police SUV parked next to yellow crime scene tape. Police responded to rPol...

KTAR.com

Woman killed, man injured in crash in north Phoenix

A woman was killed and a man was injured in a two-vehicle collision in north Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon.

6 hours ago

Honduran woman sentenced to over 10 years for human smuggling...

Nick Borgia

Leader of Arizona human smuggling operation sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Honduran woman was sentenced to 10 years of prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to human smuggling, authorities said.

8 hours ago

Four Republican candidates looking to unseat Greg Stanton in Arizona Congressional District 4 debat...

KTAR.com

Watch: Arizona Congressional District 4 Republican primary debate

Four Republican candidates looking to unseat Greg Stanton in Arizona Congressional District 4 debate on May 29 ahead of the primary.

10 hours ago

Aliyah Alpert was eliminated in the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 29, 2024...

Danny Shapiro

Arizona girl bows out in semifinals of Scripps National Spelling Bee

An Arizona girl was close to her second Scripps National Spelling Bee finals appearance, but she fell just short on Wednesday.

11 hours ago

Alexander Jr.'s sentencing will be held on August 14, 2024....

KTAR.com

Tennessee man convicted on sex trafficking charges after arrest in Arizona

A Tennessee man was convicted on sex trafficking charges after he was arrested in Arizona, authorities said Wednesday. 

13 hours ago

Scottsdale fatal DUI suspect Gloria Schulze disappeared from Scottsdale for more than 20 years. (Sc...

Danny Shapiro

Here’s why a 30-year-old fatal Scottsdale DUI case has come to a conclusion

A 30-year-old fatal Scottsdale DUI case has come to a close after detectives determined last month a suspect who had been on the run and changed her name died in Canada.

14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s how to be worry-free when your A/C goes out in the middle of summer

PHOENIX -- As Arizona approaches another hot summer, Phoenix residents are likely to spend more time indoors.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer explains why he’s suing Kari Lake