Finchem, Gosar attempting to avoid paying legal fees in lawsuit against former lawmaker
Three former and current Republican lawmakers are attempting to avoid paying legal fees after a judge ruled they unfairly sued a lawmaker who called for investigations into their actions around the Jan. 6 riot.
An attorney asked the state Court of Appeals to reinstate a slander suit against former state Rep. and Democrat Charlene Fernandez.
A judge tossed the suit, saying Fernandez had a right to ask the FBI and Department of Justice to investigate former lawmaker Mark Finchem, Congressman Paul Gosar and state Sen. Anthony Kern.
Forty-one other Democratic state lawmakers signed the letter sent to the federal law enforcement agencies.
The attorney also contends the judge was wrong in requiring the Republicans to pay Fernandez $75,000 for filing the suit.
Finchem was ordered to pay legal fees in another suit against Maricopa County.