Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren for ‘picking and choosing which laws to enforce based on his personal agenda,’ and appointed Susan Lopez to replace him.
Warren, who had served the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, refused to follow state policy criminalizing abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
According to DeSantis, he repeatedly refused to enforce laws cracking down on child sex-change surgeries.
DeSantis announced Warren’s suspension at a Thursday press conference with Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and others.
Prosecutors have a duty to enforce the law, not pick and choose which laws they agree with.
The State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit, Andrew Warren, has instituted nonenforcement policies and has declared that he will refuse to enforce laws he doesn’t like. pic.twitter.com/EbSbCRrLHa
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 4, 2022
“The constitution of Florida has vested the veto power in the governor, not in individual state attorneys,” DeSantis said.
“So, when you flagrantly violate your oath of office .. when you make yourself above the law, you have violated your duty and you have neglected your duty, and you are displaying a lack of competence to be able to perform those duties,” he continued.
“And so today we are suspending state attorney Andrew Warren, effective immediately,” DeSantis concluded.
DeSantis’ office issued a statement regarding the suspension.
Inbox: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Suspends State Attorney Andrew Warren for Refusing to Enforce Florida Law pic.twitter.com/2Cq9Hs12iz
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) August 4, 2022
Per Fox News:
“We are suspending Soros-backed 13th circuit state attorney Andrew Warren for neglecting his duties as he pledges not to uphold the laws of the state,” DeSantis’ office said in a statement. The 13th circuit falls over Florida’s Hillsborough County.
“This isn’t about abortion or any one thing, it’s about having accountability to our system of law and order to prosecute crime. There has been a pattern developing in Hillsborough County where one person picks and chooses which laws he wishes to enforce,” his office stated.
Warren responded in a statement Thursday afternoon.
“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,” Warren said.
“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,” he added.
As Zero Hedge noted, DeSantis sent state police to physically remove Warren from his office.
“with access only to retrieve his personal belongings, and (ii) to ensure that no files, papers, documents, notes, records, computers, or removable storage media are removed from the Office of the State Attorney…”
DeSantis literally sent cops to evict the guy. pic.twitter.com/uVlhijlTkS
— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) August 4, 2022