The U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps on Wednesday convicted and sentenced to death former Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, finding her guilty of treason, defrauding the nation, and conspiracy to commit murder.
The three-officer panel, two women and a man, reached a verdict after Vice Admiral Darse E. Crandall displayed video of the defendant loitering near and entering a vote “tabulation room” the morning after Election Day, in Maricopa County. The video, part of which leaked online on November 10, 2022, has no audio but shows Hobbs speaking with tabulators, as their lips are clearly moving. The extended cut has Hobbs inspecting paper ballots. She rifles through two stacks, after which an employee carries them into another room and returns to Hobbs’ side emptyhanded.
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After the video fragment leaked online, the MSM and its barking ‘fact-checkers’ spent days refuting claims that Hobbs appeared in the clip, instead insisting the woman in the video was a random person of Hobbs’ general shape and size who also wore glasses identical to a pair worn by Katie Hobbs.
Vice Admiral Darse E. Crandall explained to the panel that JAG had the video forensically analyzed by both military and independent experts, all of whom agreed that the footage, though grainy and soundless, was irrefutably Hobbs interacting with poll counters and handling ballots—illegal and unethical.
Meanwhile, Hobbs, who had returned to court ungagged, sat silently at the defense table and wagged her head from side to side, pursing her lips and frowning sullenly as the admiral orated his understanding of the evidence.
“When the defendant speaks, and she’ll have a chance, she’ll probably tell you that’s not her in the video. She might even say it’s a double or a clone. As far as this commission is concerned, that is the defendant, and the video’s veracity has been established by experts in video analysis. If, having seen the video and hearing the next witness, you officers find the evidence shows that detainee Hobbs influenced the destruction or disappearance of even a single ballot, then you must find her guilty of treason,” the admiral said pointedly.
To the witness stand, he summoned a young woman whose name JAG redacted from notes and RRN’s copy of a partial trial transcript. For readability’s sake, we will call her ‘Jane Doe” and insert that name into the admiral’s dialogue.
“Ms. Doe, were you at the Maricopa polling station at 10:00 a.m. on November 9, 2022?” Admiral Crandall asked.
Doe answered without hesitation. “I was working there at the time, yes.”
“What were your responsibilities?” asked the admiral.
“Party observer. Her party,” she said, pointing at Hobbs. “But I never touched a computer or a piece of paper.”
The admiral glossed over her addendum to the question. “Did you see the defendant at the tabulation center while you were present?”
“She was there,” Jane Doe said. “She was telling counters to gid rid of ballots.”
“Do you recall exactly what she said?” asked Adm. Crandall.
“She said ‘get rid of these.’ Those were exact words. I was several feet away and didn’t see them. I remember thinking to myself, what the heck is happening here, and pretended not to notice because I didn’t want any trouble from her. So, I kept my mouth shut.”
“Do you know the names of the people she spoke with?” the admiral asked.
“I don’t, or I don’t remember,” Jane Doe said.
The admiral faced the panel. “Let the record show that we tried locating these tabulators, but they seem to have fallen off the face of the earth. As secretary of state, Hobbs should’ve recused herself from presiding over the gubernatorial election, but she didn’t, and she even had the audacity to illegally audit polling stations in a hotly contested election.
“Ms. Doe, you have seen the video, too. Are you aware Maricopa County officials claim the woman in the video is simply another observer and not Katie Hobbs?”
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“I’m aware of that. And I can say they’re 110% wrong. The woman I saw in person looked like Katie Hobbs, walked like Katie Hobbs, and talked like Katie Hobbs—she was Katie Hobbs.”
“I have no more questions for this witness. Detainee Hobbs, if you remain civil, now’s your chance,” the admiral said.
Hobbs gawked at Doe from the defense table. “I’ve never seen you in my life. I don’t know you. Yet you say you saw me, is that right?”
“Yes, I saw and heard you ask others to tamper with ballots,” Jane Doe said.
Hobbs pressed her lips together for a second. “Perjury is crime. There’s still time to tell the truth, recount your testimony. Once you leave this island, do you think they’ll care what happens to you?”