Suspended Hillsborough state’s attorney sends letter to DeSantis asking for job; citing the federal decision

A federal judge says he doesn’t have the authority to compel Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to reinstate Andrew Warren as Hillsborough’s state’s attorney.

TAMPA, Fla. – Hillsborough County State’s Attorney Andrew Warren sent a letter to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the request to have it reinstated in accordance with the federal judge’s ruling.

Although the judge refused to order Warren’s extradition due to lack of jurisdiction, the same opinion found DeSantis violated both US and Florida laws in the removal. Warren is out of office.

“We have called the governor to send me back,” said Warren. “This is his chance to make amends. To show the people of Florida that his pledge to follow the law is not just empty words.”

In his first one-on-one interview since Judge Robert Hinkle’s decision, Warren repeatedly cited the federal judge’s 59-page order.

“He said I did my job well, I didn’t do anything wrong,” Warren said. “The allegations against me are completely false and the dismissal is illegal.”

In addition, Hinkle found that the governor violated US and state law.

But as a federal judge, Hinkle said he had no authority to force DeSantis to return Warren.

That, the judge found, was a state matter.

“From day one, I said it was a political act, a political act and an illegal stop,” Warren said. “I have never done anything wrong. A judge approved it. Every single part.”

Warren said that if the governor is true to his oath, he will follow the judge’s decision and offer to reinstate him.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. If you like the governor or hate him. If you believe in the law, as all Americans should, and this is a very simple answer,” Warren said.

If that doesn’t happen, Warren has several legal options. He could appeal in federal court and file a new case in state court using Hinkle’s order as a guide.

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He can also run for the same office again in 2024.

“It’s very far in the future,” Warren said. “But now, we are thinking about this option, and how to restore it as it should be.”

The letter to DeSantis also cites concerns, in Judge Hinkle’s opinion, about the cases being handled in Warren’s absence.

“Why risk all the prosecutions that are being done in the state’s attorney’s office when you have a person who is not qualified to be the state’s attorney,” Warren said. law.”

Now, Warren finds himself where August was, on the outside looking in and weighing his next move.

“We are calling on the governor to bring me back and follow the law,” Warren said. “And if he refuses to do so, if he continues to violate his oath of office, then we will seek reconciliation in court.”

The governor’s office sent the following statement to 10 Tampa Bay in response to Warren’s letter:

“Andrew Warren, of all people, should understand the difference between the law and making a court decision,” the governor’s office wrote. .

“It was signed by Mr. Warren a document refusing to prosecute the laws of the government, so the governor removed Warren for neglect of duty and incompetence, the attorneys of the government cannot decide which laws to enforce .

“In its lengthy opinion, the Court attempted to usurp the Florida Senate’s constitutional authority to rule on Mr. Warren’s dereliction of duty and incompetence.

“We do not agree with the order of the Court, they are just opinions, and it is not necessary to discuss since the Court finally concluded that there is no executive-judicial and finally the decision of the governor. “

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