On May 21st of this year, the Maricopa appellate court denied the Libertarian Party's pursuit of injunctive relief for rigged elections. Stemming from litigation over the 2006 Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) election in Pima County, the Libertarian Party was well on its way towards pursuing their claim that the RTA election was fraudulent. Once fraud was established in the courts, the Libertarian party would obtain injunctive relief for rigged elections.
Back in 2010, the Libertarian Party had won an appellate court decision for that same claim in Pima County's district. Pima County immediately requested the appellate court to reconsider its ruling, describing the rigging of the RTA election as “a discrete incident of past wrongdoing.” The request was denied.
Over the past four years, the promise of a resolution slowly withered as Pima County Superior Court judges kept ruling in defiance of the appellate court decision. They refused to hear the case, so the Libertarian Party was forced to appeal for a second time.
Pima County's next legal maneuver may have ended their eight-year war of attrition against transparent fair elections. County operatives forced a change in appellate court venue by contriving an amicus brief through the Republican Party to develop a conflict of interest in the elections case. As a result, Pima County's bureaucratic political machine finally achieved an appellate court decision to deny the pursuit of prospective relief for rigged elections in the courts. According to Rule 2.11 in the Arizona Supreme Court rules for judicial ethics:
A judge shall disqualify himself or herself in any proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned.Not so for Kent E. Cattani, one of three appellate court judges who served with the Arizona State Attorney General's office until his appointment as a Maricopa appellate court judge on February 9th, 2013. He had worked at the Attorney General's office at the time of Attorney General Terry Goddard's dubious investigation of the RTA election.
For the millions of taxpayers' dollars spent by Pima County, key evidence in the form of RTA ballots stored for eight years without a forensic exam or a meaningful comparison to precinct totals, will be destroyed.