TAMPA, Fla. – months later FloridaThe governor surprised the Tampa Bay area with his decision to stop Andrew Warren from office, a federal judge ultimately dismissed Hillsborough’s state attorney’s original lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis, said it was a matter of the government.
In the filing, Judge Robert Hinkle said DeSantis violated the First Amendment by “considering Mr. Warren’s speech on matters of public opinion.” He added that while the suspension violated the Florida Constitution, the matter was not under his jurisdiction.
The judge cited the 11th amendment as the reason his court dismissed the lawsuit.
Warren has options for his next move. He can file a lawsuit in state court or go to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
“The suspension also violated the Florida Constitution, and that violation prejudiced the outcome. Plaintiff Andrew H. Warren’s claims against defendant Ron DeSantis arose under the the state is void without discrimination based on the Eleventh Amendment. Mr. Warren’s claims against Mr. DeSantis arose under federal law that are void on war and discrimination.”
“The clerk should close the file.”
FOX 13 is reading the court filing and will update this story with more information.
READ: The court filing from the judge here
The decision was made after one week of trial in early December and five months later Gov. Ron DeSantis remove Warren from the jobciting “neglect of duty” after the twice-appointed attorney general signed off pledge not to prosecute cases involving abortion and maintenance of men and women.
“The role of the public prosecutor is to implement the law and enforce the law, not to pick and choose which laws you like and which laws you don’t.” like it”, said the governor at that time. “It’s the law and order of the state. We’re not going to back down one inch. We’re not going to allow local elected officials to veto what our state mandates through our legislative process.”
Florida Attorney General Andrew Warren holds a press conference to discuss his recent lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on August 17, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Warren was suspended from duty by Governor Ron DeSantis on August 4
Warren called his suspension unconstitutional, adding the governor had no reason to fire him in the first place. The suspended public prosecutor said he was fired because of something he said, not something he did. No case involving those cases came to his desk.
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Warren went further by saying that he felt the governor was only trying to punish him for speaking out, violating his First Amendment rights.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Unite and Win Rally in support of Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Doug Mastriano at the Wyndham Hotel on August 19, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his visit to the state, DeSantis was encouraged
So, he sued to get his job back. In his testimony, Warren testified that on August 4, he received an email from the governor’s office saying, “You are fired.” Warren said she rushed back to her office and informed her chief of staff about the emails.
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A few minutes later, there was a knock on his door. A man who identified himself as Larry Keefe, the governor of public safety, as well as two representatives of Hillsborough, came to escort him out of his office. Warren said that he was given a written order by the governor, but was not given time to read it.
During opening statements, DeSantis’ attorneys told the judge that Warren was fired for dereliction of duty and incompetence. Emails between DeSantis’ staff were also presented to the court, including the exchange after the suspension for the free media received by the movement, more than 2.4 million.
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Later, a video of Tucker Carlson and DeSantis was played for the judge. In the FOX interview, the governor called Warren the “Soros prosecutor” who picks and chooses what laws to enforce. He is referring to the billionaire Democratic donor George Soros, who is often a political ally for conservatives.
Warren’s team also played the FOX 13 News clip – the only TV interview she gave after signing the abortion pledge. In the story, Warren called the pledge he signed an “important” statement, not a blanket policy. He said, each case will be considered on a case-by-case basis based on facts and value.
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However, when Gary Weisman, chief of staff for the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office appeared Thursday, saying he believes it’s a policy. The trial was held for a week.
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DeSantis appointed a state attorney, Suzy Lopez. When he stepped into the role, he began to make a sound immediately. He sent a memo to his team of lawyers announcing the retreat. Some of the policies of his predecessor, Warren, are gone. Bicycle and pedestrian regulation is back on the table.