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Alan Dershowitz, the famed civil liberties attorney, is asking not to be sanctioned alongside other attorneys for Kari Lake and Mark Finchem after he signed onto a lawsuit that the judge called a “frivolous complaint.”
Dershowitz claimed during a telephone hearing on Wednesday that he only participated in the case, which aimed to stop Arizona from using any type of electronic voting machines to tally ballots, in a limited capacity and should therefore not be held responsible for the false claims in the suit.
U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi already ordered sanctions against Lake and Finchem’s lawyers in December for including false and misleading claims in their suit, including saying that Arizonans don’t use paper ballots to vote, something that anyone who has voted in the state knows isn’t true.
But two Arizona attorneys told the Arizona Mirror that because Dershowitz was listed as counsel in the case and signed his name to many of the filings, he was legally just as responsible for its content as the other lawyers who represented Lake and Finchem.
“I had the honest, good faith belief that I was only on here as a consultant,” Dershowitz told the judge.