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Cyber Ninjas CEO says he'll continue defying court orders to turn over audit records

By Ben Giles
Published: Friday, January 28, 2022 - 4:34pm

Ben Cotton, Doug Logan and Randy Pullen
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Audit team members Ben Cotton (from left), Doug Logan and Randy Pullen prepare to give their reports Sept. 24, 2021, to the state Senate of what they found while auditing the 2020 election returns.

Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan told attorneys he won’t turn over records from a partisan review of the 2020 election, even as he racks up $50,000 in daily fines for violating court orders to disclose texts, emails and other documents.

Logan’s comments came under questioning by attorneys for the Arizona Republic and American Oversight, who’ve both spent months suing the now defunct Florida-based cybersecurity firm for refusing to disclose records related to the so-called “audit” of Maricopa County’s election.

The Republic’s lawsuit was recently consolidated with a separate case brought by American Oversight, a left-leaning nonprofit.

Lawyers for the Republic told the newspaper that Logan was defiant over the course of a four-hour deposition. He accused Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah, who ordered the hefty fines against Logan and Cyber Ninjas, of bias and reasserted his belief that the records held by his company should remain private.

Logan also said he’ll continue to refuse to disclose records without a “clear” ruling, despite numerous court orders affirming the records must be made public.

Craig Hoffman, the Republic’s attorney, told the paper he assumes Logan means an order from the Arizona Supreme Court.

As of Friday, Cyber Ninjas had accrued $750,000 in fines.