Ron DeSantis of Florida suspended the top prosecutor in Tampa on Thursday, accusing him of incompetence and neglect of duty for vowing not to prosecute those who seek or provide abortions.
Warren, the elected state attorney of Hillsborough County.
Warren, a Democrat, was among 90 elected prosecutors across the country who vowed not to prosecute those who seek or provide abortions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v.
DeSantis said that the abortion statement and other actions by Mr.
DeSantis said to cheers at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, where he was flanked by a gaggle of uniformed sheriffs and police chiefs.
Warren, a prominent Democrat and frequent DeSantis critic who is serving in his second term as the chief prosecutor for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, evidently came as news even to his office.
Warren said in a statement that his suspension “spits in the face of the voters.”.Even in a state where governors and prosecutors have been known to tussle in the open, Mr.
Under Florida law, a governor can suspend state officials for wrongdoing that includes neglect of duty, incompetence, malfeasance, drunkenness or commission of a felony.
Ayala, a Democrat who was then the state attorney in Orlando, startled the state by saying she would not seek the death penalty in any cases, Mr.
Ayala, who did not seek re-election after her term and is now running for Florida attorney general.
Shortly after taking office in 2019, he suspended Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County, a Democrat, faulting him for his handling of the mass shooting at a Parkland high school in 2018, even though Mr.“Governors don’t hand pick elected prosecutors, the voters do,” she said in a statement.
DeSantis is sending a clear message that the will of the people of Hillsborough County matters less than his own political agenda.”.
Warren was elected to a second four-year term with about 53 percent of the vote in 2020.
Warren and the other prosecutors said in their joint statement in June.
DeSantis cited a second statement from Fair and Just Prosecution that Mr.
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