Soros-Backed Florida Prosecutor Suspended by Governor DeSantis Loses Bid to Get his Job Back Amid Lawsuit
A Clinton-appointed federal judge on Monday denied Florida prosecutor suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis his bid to get his job back.
Soros-backed Florida prosecutor Andrew Warren recently sued Governor Ron DeSantis to get his job back.
DeSantis suspended the state attorney last month because he refused to enforce Florida’s abortion laws.
“Warren said that it doesn’t matter what the legislature does in the state of Florida. He is going to exercise a veto over that. He’s also instituted policies of ‘presumptive non-enforcement’…that is not consistent with the role of a prosecutor. You can exercise discretion in individual case, but that discretion has to be individualized and case specific,” DeSantis said as he announced Warren’s suspension.
DeSantis wasn’t intimidated by Warren’s lawsuit.
“It’s not surprising Warren, who was suspended for refusing to follow the law, would file a legally baseless lawsuit challenging his suspension,” DeSantis’ comms director Taryn Fenske said in a statement, according to Fox News. “We look forward to responding in court.”
US District Judge Robert Hinkle, a Clinton appointee on Monday denied a motion to reinstate Andrew Warren as he awaits trial.
NBC Miami reported:
A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that a state prosecutor suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis will remain out of office while his court case against the Republican governor moves to trial.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle denied a motion to reinstate Andrew Warren as state attorney of Hillsborough County as the lawsuit continues, instead telling attorneys he would rather have a full trial over the suspension complete with evidence and testimony.
“Today is an important day in an important fight for democracy — our democracy,” Warren told reporters after the hearing in federal court in Tallahassee. “I’ve spent my career walking into court as a prosecutor, fighting for victims. Today, I went in as a plaintiff, fighting for democracy itself.”
During the roughly two hour hearing Monday, Hinkle questioned government lawyers over whether Warren’s signing of statements on abortion and transgender rights would be protected under the First Amendment or if they were defined policies that could warrant his removal from office.
“Andrew Warren has no First Amendment right to say he’s not going to do his job,” state Solicitor General Henry C. Whitaker told the judge.
Andrew Warren ran to the lefty media last month to complain about DeSantis’ decision to suspend him, calling the move “blatantly unconstitutional.”
“[DeSantis] does not have the authority to suspend me … the people elected me to serve in this position and I am going to continue doing it,” Warren said on CBS News in August.