DeSantis suspends state attorney due to refusal to enforce laws, including abortion restrictions – WESH 2 Orlando

On Thursday morning, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he is suspending State Attorney Andrew Warren effective immediately. Warren is the state attorney in Hillsborough County. “The prosecutor, state attorney for this judicial circuit, Andrew Warren, has put himself publicly above the law,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Tampa. But over six hours later, Warren said he remains on the job. At his own news conference announcing a development in a cold case murder investigation, Warren said he is not going anywhere right now. “I’m still doing this job as State Attorney,” Warren said. “I’m the twice duly elected State Attorney of Hillsborough County. And the governor signing with a pen or a crayon doesn’t change that.”The governor said he is suspending Warren for “neglect of duty.” DeSantis specifically pointed to two letters that Warren signed along with prosecutors across the country who vowed not to prosecute people who “seek, provide, or support abortions” and condemned efforts to restrict gender-affirming health care. “When you’re saying you’re not going to enforce certain laws you don’t like, that’s a neglect of duty. That quite frankly is incompetence as defined in Florida law,” DeSantis said. DeSantis’ announcement of suspending Warren comes four months after he first threatened to strip Disney’s powers in the state in the wake of the corporation publicly denouncing the state’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law as critics call it. “I don’t think the people of Hillsborough County want to have an agenda that is basically woke, where you’re deciding that your view of social justice means certain laws shouldn’t be enforced,” DeSantis said on Thursday. Warren has been the State Attorney in Hillsborough County since 2016 and was elected twice. He also used to be a federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice. On Thursday, he said he has not had any abortion or gender therapy cases and is in fact doing his job. “I’ve served as State Attorney and I’ve done it well. Crime is down, we’re protecting people’s rights,” he said. Warren said the governor’s move is not about his duties as a prosecutor but about politics. “The governor is trying to overthrow the results of a fair and free election, two of them actually. And people need to understand: this isn’t the governor trying to suspend one elected official. This is the governor trying to overthrow democracy here in Hillsborough County,” Warren said. The governor also announced Warren’s replacement: Judge Susan Lopez. Ultimately, it is up to the Florida Senate to hold a trial on whether Warren’s suspension will remain permanent. This is Warren’s full statement in response to the governor’s announcement:“Today’s political stunt is an illegal overreach that continues a dangerous pattern by Ron DeSantis of using his office to further his own political ambition. It spits in the face of the voters of Hillsborough County who have twice elected me to serve them, not Ron DeSantis.”In our community, crime is low, our Constitutional rights—including the right to privacy—are being upheld, and the people have the right to elect their own leaders—not have them dictated by an aspiring presidential candidate who has shown time and again he feels accountable to no one.”Just because the governor violates your rights, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist.”Watch Warren’s full news conference here:Watch DeSantis’ full news conference here:

On Thursday morning, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he is suspending State Attorney Andrew Warren effective immediately. Warren is the state attorney in Hillsborough County.

“The prosecutor, state attorney for this judicial circuit, Andrew Warren, has put himself publicly above the law,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Tampa.

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But over six hours later, Warren said he remains on the job. At his own news conference announcing a development in a cold case murder investigation, Warren said he is not going anywhere right now.

“I’m still doing this job as State Attorney,” Warren said. “I’m the twice duly elected State Attorney of Hillsborough County. And the governor signing with a pen or a crayon doesn’t change that.”


The governor said he is suspending Warren for “neglect of duty.” DeSantis specifically pointed to two letters that Warren signed along with prosecutors across the country who vowed not to prosecute people who “seek, provide, or support abortions” and condemned efforts to restrict gender-affirming health care.

“When you’re saying you’re not going to enforce certain laws you don’t like, that’s a neglect of duty. That quite frankly is incompetence as defined in Florida law,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis’ announcement of suspending Warren comes four months after he first threatened to strip Disney’s powers in the state in the wake of the corporation publicly denouncing the state’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law as critics call it.

“I don’t think the people of Hillsborough County want to have an agenda that is basically woke, where you’re deciding that your view of social justice means certain laws shouldn’t be enforced,” DeSantis said on Thursday.

Warren has been the State Attorney in Hillsborough County since 2016 and was elected twice. He also used to be a federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice. On Thursday, he said he has not had any abortion or gender therapy cases and is in fact doing his job.

“I’ve served as State Attorney and I’ve done it well. Crime is down, we’re protecting people’s rights,” he said.

Warren said the governor’s move is not about his duties as a prosecutor but about politics.

“The governor is trying to overthrow the results of a fair and free election, two of them actually. And people need to understand: this isn’t the governor trying to suspend one elected official. This is the governor trying to overthrow democracy here in Hillsborough County,” Warren said.

The governor also announced Warren’s replacement: Judge Susan Lopez. Ultimately, it is up to the Florida Senate to hold a trial on whether Warren’s suspension will remain permanent.

This is Warren’s full statement in response to the governor’s announcement:

“Today’s political stunt is an illegal overreach that continues a dangerous pattern by Ron DeSantis of using his office to further his own political ambition. It spits in the face of the voters of Hillsborough County who have twice elected me to serve them, not Ron DeSantis.

“In our community, crime is low, our Constitutional rights—including the right to privacy—are being upheld, and the people have the right to elect their own leaders—not have them dictated by an aspiring presidential candidate who has shown time and again he feels accountable to no one.

“Just because the governor violates your rights, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist.”

Watch Warren’s full news conference here:

Watch DeSantis’ full news conference here:


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