Judge dismisses prosecutor’s complaint against DeSantis

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Florida state attorney general who was fired by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) over the attorney’s affidavit. do not prosecute people who seek or perform abortions.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that DeSantis should not recall Andrew Warren (D), who The governor has been suspended due to neglect of duties and incompetence in August after Warren pledged not to enforce the ban on abortion and transgender surgery.

Hinkle criticized the suspension and found it in violation of the Florida Constitution, but he ruled that “relief cannot be granted in this federal case based on a violation of state law.”

“He has no policy for prosecution,” Hinkle said of Warren. “Any small research can prove this point. It is incorrect to say that Mr. Warren his duty or disqualification. This real issue is not imminent. “

DeSantis in Warren, Hillsborough County’s state’s attorney, cited statements signed by the state’s attorney indicating that he would refuse to enforce “a ban on sex reassignment for minors.” ” and “any law relating to the protection of the right to life.”

The comments in part focused on Florida’s 15-week abortion law that went into effect days after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

Allen charged DeSantis in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, seeking rehearing and arguing that his statements were protected speech under the First Amendment.

Hinkle ruled that the suspension was in part motivated by Warren’s defensive speech but DeSantis will suspend Warren based on other unrelated matters. his behavior as a lawyer.

“Mr. Warren really is a prosecutor, just like he told voters he would be,” Hinkle wrote. These are the things that make the state attorney’s vote right. Disputes like this no above healing good turn.”

When reached for comment, DeSantis communications director Taryn Feske said, “Today the court upheld the governor’s decision to suspend Andrew Warren from office for not recognition of duty and incompetence.”

The Mountain has reached out to Warren’s attorney for comment.

Warren was first elected in 2016, when he defeated the Republican incumbent, and became a speaking voice for criminal justice reform.

“There’s a lot more at stake here than my job,” Warren said in August after the suit was filed.

“Ron DeSantis is hoping to get away with overturning a fair election, throwing out the votes of hundreds of thousands of Floridians,” he said. “By challenging this illegal abuse of power, we can ensure that no governor can throw out the results of an election because he is not happy with the end.

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