Arizona judge slaps Finchem and Gosar over libel suit | app

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge has ordered three Republicans, including appointed Secretary of State Mark Finchem and U.S. Representative Paul Gosar, to pay $75,000 in attorney fees for filing a libel suit against a former Democratic lawmaker “primarily for the purpose of harassment. ”

Republicans filed a lawsuit last year against former Democratic state Rep. Charlene Fernandez after she called for an investigation into their role in the Jan. 6 uprising on the U.S. Capitol. The judge dismissed the lawsuit in April, saying Fernandez’s claim was protected by First Amendment rights to free speech and government petition.

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