Cyber Ninjas CEO participates in contentious deposition, says he’s not ready to turn over audit records

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By Ryan Randazz | Arizona Republic

Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan says he will not turn over records from the review of Maricopa County’s 2020 election until he has a “clear” ruling he can appeal to the highest court.

Logan answered questions during a contentious deposition with attorneys for The Arizona Republic and American Oversight. The news organization and the left-leaning nonprofit have battled in court for months for the release of texts, emails and other documents related to the ballot recount and related investigations of the 2020 election ordered by Republicans in the Arizona Senate.

“He started off very complacent and happy to answer questions, but as it went on he became more combative,” said Craig Hoffman, The Republic’s attorney, who questioned Logan during the more than four-hour deposition. “He was clearly frustrated by the end of it.”

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah on Jan. 6 found Cyber Ninjas in contempt of an order to turn over the records and imposed a $50,000 a day fine against the company for not producing the records.

Since then, The Republic’s lawsuit was consolidated with American Oversight’s, which is why the lawyers for both parties got to question Logan on Thursday.

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Logan said Hannah’s November order to the company to turn over records was the result of a “biased judge,” according to Hoffman.

Logan went on “long soliloquies” during the deposition on how he did not believe his company was obligated to turn over records because they should not be public, Hoffman said.

Some of Logan’s comments during the deposition echoed those of his lawyer, Jack Wilenchik, from the combative Jan. 6 court hearing, where Wilenchik disputed that Hannah had given a clear order to turn over the documents in the company’s possession.

During that hearing, Wilenchik frequently asserted that Hannah had not issued a clear order, to which Hannah responded that the lawyer was “trolling” him and at risk of being held in direct contempt.

Wilenchik continues to represent Logan in the matter, even though Wilenchik tried unsuccessfully to be removed from the case, telling the court Logan hasn’t been paying him.

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