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Hamadeh ordered to pay legal fees in 2022 Arizona attorney general race lawsuit

Abe Hamedah, his legal team and political supporters have been ordered to pay over $200,000 in legal fees over failed lawsuits to overturn the 2022 state attorney general race.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge said a request for legal fees defending the election outcome was justified.

The compensation would go to the Arizona attorney general, secretary of state and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, who were sued by Hamadeh.

The judge ruled Ryan Heath, Hamadeh’s attorney, had an obligation to conduct a reasonable investigation to determine whether the claims were viable.

The judge said there was no legal basis for Hamadeh’s contention that Maricopa County improperly included some early ballots in the 2022 election count.

Heath said he will appeal.

Hamadeh has a parallel case asking the state Supreme Court to review whether he was denied a fair trial.

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Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.