BREAKING NEWS: Arizona Senate Charges Maricopa County Board With Contempt

We recently released news that Maricopa County Board was refusing to allow the senate in Arizona to conduct an audit on the 2020 election.

Now the senate has charged the board with contempt for not allowing them to perform the audit. 

ARS 41-1153 states the senate or house “may, by resolution entered in the Journal,” charge a witness with contempt who “neglects or refuses to obey a legislative subpoena.” That same witness may then “be arrested by the sergeant-at-arms and brought before the senate or house” under the authority of a duly signed and countersigned resolution.

In addition, ARS 41-1155A(3) states that “refusing to attend, or to be examined as a witness,” by the house, senate, “or a committee” is punishable as contempt. And according to ARS 41-1154, disobeying a legislative subpoena is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

It looks like the ball is rolling, just at a slower pace than we all had hoped for. This is still a developing story and will be updated as more information is released.


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