Federal Court Upholds DeSantis's Suspension of Rogue State Attorney for 'Neglect of Duty and Incompetence'

Federal Court Upholds DeSantis's Suspension of Rogue State Attorney for 'Neglect of Duty and Incompetence'

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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January 20, 2023

Former State Attorney Andrew Warren will not get his old job in Hillsborough County, as the federal 11th Circuit Court has ruled that it does not oversee or have jurisdiction, over Warren's claim.

"Today the court upheld the governor’s decision to suspend Andrew Warren from office for neglect of duty and incompetence," stated Gov. Ron DeSantis Communications Director Taryn Fenske

Gov. DeSantis on Aug. 4 issued an executive order suspending the twice-elected prosecutor, accusing Warren of “incompetence and willful defiance of his duties.”

DeSantis’ order pointed to a letter Warren signed pledging to avoid enforcing a new law preventing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Also, the governor targeted a statement Warren joined condemning the criminalization of transgender people and gender-affirming care.

Warren’s lawsuit alleged that DeSantis violated the suspended prosecutor’s First Amendment rights and contends the governor’s executive order “did not identify any actual conduct by Warren related to his official duties involving alleged criminal activity for seeking gender-affirming health care or abortion.”

DeSantis's suspension of  Warren appears to be based on a controversial pledge Warren made that he would not prosecute individuals who violate Florida's 15-week abortion ban.  Warren has also fallen under scrutiny for his stance on gender dysphoria treatment of minors.  DeSantis said that Warren "would not enforce any prohibition of sex change operations for minors."

This story is developing

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at Diversenewmedia@gmail.com

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