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Suspended Florida prosecutor sues Governor Ron DeSantis to get his job back

Added 08-17-22 01:07:02pm EST - “Governor DeSantis removed State Attorney Andrew Warren from office because Warren pledged not to prosecute people for violating abortion restrictions. Warren said he was ousted for political reasons.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Suspended Florida prosecutor sues Governor Ron DeSantis to get his job back”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

This combination of photos shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, and Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, in Tampa, Fla. after DeSantis suspended Warren. Warren vowed to fight his suspension over his promise not to enforce the state's 15-week abortion ban and support for gender transition treatments for minors. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

This combination of photos shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, and Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, in Tampa, Fla. after DeSantis suspended Warren. Warren vowed to fight his suspension over his promise not to enforce the state's 15-week abortion ban and support for gender transition treatments for minors.

The state attorney from Tampa, Andrew Warren, was ousted earlier this month by DeSantis. The Republican governor said he acted because of statements Warren had signed pledging not to prosecute people for violating abortion restrictions or a law prohibiting gender-affirming care for minors.

Warren filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, saying that the Governor violated his First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Although he spoke in favor of abortion rights and gender-affirming medical care, Warren had not taken any action on those issues and his office had no cases pending. Warren was twice elected as state attorney and Warren says DeSantis violated his right to freedom of speech and by his actions overturned an election.

At a news conference in Tallahassee, he said, "There's so much more at stake here than my job." Warren says DeSantis also violated Florida law by improperly removing him from office for political reasons. "The Governor's authority is not unlimited," Warren said. He's asking the court to rescind DeSantis' order and reinstate him as state attorney. And he's set up a legal defense fund.

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