DeSantis Makes A Bold Move, Removes Woke State Attorney After He Refuses To Prosecute Crimes
DeSantis appears ready to ensure that Florida does not turn in to New York City.
In a bold move this week, DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit due to neglect of duty, after he made repeated written statements that he would not prosecute certain crimes.
“State Attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal agenda,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “It is my duty to hold Florida’s elected officials to the highest standards for the people of Florida. I have the utmost trust that Judge Susan Lopez will lead the office through this transition and faithfully uphold the rule of law.”
In at least two cases, one regarding segregation and transgender bathrooms and the other regarding abortions, Warren made signed statements where he pledged to use his “discretion” as a State Attorney not to prosecute related crimes.
But Warren went even further, putting in place a policy that meant that crimes that involved interactions with police that stemmed from a non-violent nature would not be prosecuted.
Under the Florida constitution, the Governor has the authority to suspend state officials for reasons of misfeasance, malfeasance, neglect of duty, drunkenness, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or commission of a felony. The Governor has further authority to fill that office by appointment for the duration of the suspension.
Using this authority, the governor announced the suspension of Warren today, and immediately announced his replacement, Judge Susan Lopez.
Lopez has most recently been serving as a Judge on the Hillsborough County Court.