Cyber Ninjas’ lawyer seeks judge’s removal from contentious public records case

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By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

The lawyer representing the company that reviewed Arizona’s 2020 election is trying for a second time to have the judge removed from the case.

Attorney Jack Wilenchik filed his motion Wednesday to remove Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah from the case, contending the judge has shown bias against conservatives and specifically contending the judge improperly invoked a related case during a hearing involving Cyber Ninjas.

Earlier, Wilenchik had asked to withdraw from the case himself, saying he hadn’t been paid for his work, but Hannah had denied his request.

Cyber Ninjas is the now-defunct Florida-based company that Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, hired to oversee the monthslong partisan review of the Maricopa County election results.

The Arizona Republic sued the Senate and Cyber Ninjas for texts, emails and other documents related to the audit when the defendants declined to provide them under the state’s Public Records Law.

Last week, Hannah found Cyber Ninjas in contempt of his order to turn over documents in the case, hitting the company with $50,000 a day in fines until the company complies.

Wilenchik asked the judge to be removed as the lawyer representing Cyber Ninjas, saying the company, which has dissolved, has not paid him, but Hannah said no, saying it would unnecessarily delay the case, and that it would cost the company and Wilenchik almost nothing to comply and simply turn over the records.

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