Gov. Ron DeSantis appoints Renatha Francis as new Florida Supreme Court justice – WESH 2 Orlando

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference in West Palm Beach Friday morning. DeSantis made a major announcement at the Richard & Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. DeSantis officially appointed Judge Renatha Francis as the new justice of the Florida Supreme Court. When DeSantis wanted to choose Francis for the position in 2020, she didn’t meet the requirements of being a Florida Bar member for ten years. Francis currently serves as a circuit judge in Palm Beach County. “I’m incredibly honored and humbled by this appointment to continue my service to the people of our great state of Florida,” Francis said at the news conference. “I believe this appointment of Judge Francis is one that will really reinvigorate and fortify our judiciary in a very positive way but also send a great message that you can realize your dreams,” DeSantis said. The appointment will be effective at the beginning of September. This is the second announcement DeSantis made this week. Thursday morning, he announced the suspension of State Attorney Andrew Warren, which DeSantis said is supposed to be effective immediately. RELATED: DeSantis suspends state attorney due to refusal to enforce laws, including abortion restrictionsDuring the announcement, DeSantis said Warren’s “neglect of duty” was the reasoning behind the decision. “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 at a news conference Thursday. Warren released a statement and held a news conference in response to DeSantis’ announcement. DeSantis addressed Warren’s suspension at the beginning of the news conference, saying a review was conducted to ensure prosecutors were adhering to Florida laws and policies. “Their role is to apply the law and constitution as it is written,” DeSantis said at the news conference Friday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference in West Palm Beach Friday morning.

DeSantis made a major announcement at the Richard & Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum.

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DeSantis officially appointed Judge Renatha Francis as the new justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

When DeSantis wanted to choose Francis for the position in 2020, she didn’t meet the requirements of being a Florida Bar member for ten years.

Francis currently serves as a circuit judge in Palm Beach County.

“I’m incredibly honored and humbled by this appointment to continue my service to the people of our great state of Florida,” Francis said at the news conference.

“I believe this appointment of Judge Francis is one that will really reinvigorate and fortify our judiciary in a very positive way but also send a great message that you can realize your dreams,” DeSantis said.

The appointment will be effective at the beginning of September.

This is the second announcement DeSantis made this week.

Thursday morning, he announced the suspension of State Attorney Andrew Warren, which DeSantis said is supposed to be effective immediately.

RELATED: DeSantis suspends state attorney due to refusal to enforce laws, including abortion restrictions

During the announcement, DeSantis said Warren’s “neglect of duty” was the reasoning behind the decision.

“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 at a news conference Thursday.

Warren released a statement and held a news conference in response to DeSantis’ announcement.

DeSantis addressed Warren’s suspension at the beginning of the news conference, saying a review was conducted to ensure prosecutors were adhering to Florida laws and policies.

“Their role is to apply the law and constitution as it is written,” DeSantis said at the news conference Friday.

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