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Judge Michael Miller has issued his ruling
granting the plaintiffs access to the final databases for the 2006
Primary and General elections, but denying without prejudice wider
access to all database files for the election in the possession of Pima
County until and unless they are able to demonstrate the wider access
will not compromise election security. This means that the mid-year RTA
election and the backups made during the multi-day process of counting
ballots remain out of reach for now.
The Board of Supervisors has put the release of limited files the court has ordered released on the agenda at their Jan. 8
meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. Board members are slated to discuss
whether they will give the files up, or of they will appeal the ruling. Interested parties may want to show up and have a say.
Complete trial coverage after the flip…
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were short and pointed. The rhetoric got pretty heated around the issue
of attacks on the character of the parties involved. Video of Bill
Risner’s closing is posted below.
All witness summaries are now complete (or at least finished…) and there is a trial wrap-up by David Safier now available. My own wrap-up
is posted on the Brad Blog. There will likely be additional resources
and ancillary posts about the issues compiled on this post over the
next few days, so please continue to check this space.
There is also the ongoing media project of putting the footage of
the trial to the best use, so expect a post about the logistics of that
project, how to participate, and how to contribute financially to
spreading the word about what election integrity activists have learned
through this process. Video production and post-production is not
cheap, and to tell this story effective will be costly, but well
Consider this your base camp for scaling Mt. Integrity. You may also
use the comment thread here as a stable place to discuss the trial and
First, I am blogged a condensed daily summary of the trial on the Brad Blog:
- My introduction to the case
- First day summary
- Second day summary
- Third day summary
- Fouth day summary and wrap-up
- Ruling follow-up
There are some articles giving context and background on the issues
and the case (suggestions for inclusion in this list are very welcome).
- My "Pima County Election Integrity Blues"
- David Safier’s "Layman’s View of the Election Integrity Trial"
- Steve Rosenfield’s "Arizona Case a Crystal Ball into 2008 Presidential Vote Count"
- My "Trial Intro on BlogForArizona"
- A great backgrounder on the security issues in the case by John Denker
- Tucson Citizen "Record of Votes in ’06 RTA Election Missing"
- Tucson Citizen Editorial "Clear, Secure Vote Counts Critical Here, Nationwide"
A quick Google News search
will keep you up to date with most local news coverage of the trial.
Finally, here are the summaries of testimony by witnesses and
significant statements by counsels:
- Democratic Party opening (full video)
- Pima County opening
- Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law
- Testimony of Dr. Tom Ryan (full video)
- Testimony of Mr. Michael Duniho
- Testimony of Ms. Isabel Araiza, Mr. Robert Evans Jr., Mr. Chester Crowley, Ms. Romi Romero, and Ms. Mary Martinson
- Testimony of Mr. Brad Nelson, Pima County Elections Director (full video)
- Testimony of Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry and James Barry (full video)
- Testimony of Mr. Bryan Crane
- Testimony of Dr. Chris Gniady (full video)
- Testimony of Paul Eckerstrom
- Testimony of Gila County Elections Director Dixie Munday
- Testimony of Mr. Merle King, Executive Director, Kennesaw College Center for Election Systems
- Testimony of Mr. John Brakey
- Testimony of Dr. John Moffatt
- Notes on the closing arguments
A special glimpse inside the courtroom with an argument against
judgment as a matter of law made on Thursday by Democrats’ attorney