Attorneys late Friday were still reviewing a 59-page federal judge’s decision to deny Hillsborough County State’s Attorney Andrew Warren reinstatement.
“This is not over,” Warren said Friday at the end of a brief press conference.
Although he did not ask any questions or talk about the next course of action, here are some of his legal options.
Warren can appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta. Even before Hinkle’s decision, legal experts predicted that whoever was on the losing side would take their case to Atlanta.
They can also take the case directly to the Florida Supreme Court with what is known as a writ of “quo warranto” motion – Latin for “by what warrant or ruler.” Warren’s attorneys considered filing such a letter as soon as he was fired. Now they will be armed with a complete record from the trial to be submitted to the Supreme Court for consideration.
His attorneys may also ask U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle to reconsider his decision. It takes up to 28 days to file such a motion.
Warren could also file a lawsuit against DeSantis in state court — in Hillsborough or Leon county. There would have been no limit for that.
And Warren could run for state attorney, a job Hillsborough voters elected her to twice, in 2024. Susan Lopez, the former state attorney who was appointed by DeSantis to replace him, has already announced his intention to run.