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Florida governor suspends prosecutor over abortion law and gender-affirming care

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Elected Tampa Suspended state prosecutor for pledging not to implement state's new 15-week abortion ban and for supporting gender-affirming treatment of minors. on Thursday.

The Republican governor announced the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren at a press conference at the county sheriff's office. DeSantis and law enforcement officers criticized Warren for not prosecuting specific crimes. He has neglected his obligations and has demonstrated an inability to meet those obligations," cheered DeSantis.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference on gas prices. Paul Hennessy / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images

Warren, a Democrat, was elected state attorney by Hillsboro County voters in 2016 and he was elected state attorney in 2020. Elected. He did not immediately return an email requesting comment.

DeSantis is running for re-election in Florida, raising his national profile as the 2024 Republican presidential candidate. was given a suspension. Police and other culture war issues.

Mr DeSantis said Mr Warren's actions "below the standards of the Florida Constitution" and that he failed in his duty to enact legislation.

"People in Hillsborough County want a fundamentally woke agenda where they decide that their views on social justice mean that certain laws should not be enforced. I don't think so," said the governor.

Rep. Fentris Driskel, a Tampa Democrat and nominated leader of the Florida House Democratic Caucus, said Warren was appropriately exercising prosecutorial discretion.

"I don't mean to chop words. This is a shocking political attack on elected officials who serve the people of Hillsborough County," she said. Because we have assured our community that we will not be foot soldiers in Ron DeSantis' extremist agenda."

Executive order formalizes Upon suspension, DeSantis focused on Warren signing 's statement. Use their offices to pursue criminal cases against seekers and providers of abortion and gender-affirming treatments.

Although Florida has not enacted laws criminalizing the gender-affirming treatment of minors, "These statements were made by Warren in defiance of the Florida legislature with which he consented. He has demonstrated that he believes he has the authority to override criminal laws in his jurisdiction that do not comply," the official said. read the order. The

state's new abortion restrictions he went into effect on July 1st. Abortion after the 15th week of pregnancy is prohibited, except when necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, prevent serious injury, or when there is a fatal fetal abnormality. No exemption will be granted if the pregnancy was caused by rape, incest, or trafficking.

Violators may face up to five years in prison. The doctor or other medical professional will lose his license and for each offense he could be fined $10,000 administratively.

The executive order also stated that Warren "trespassed business premises, disorderly conduct, disorderly drunkenness and prostitution." It's not political for us. It's about law and order. It's about keeping our loved ones safe. It's about victims and their voices," said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister. According to him, Warren has acted as a kind of "supreme authority" by reducing prosecutions, dropping cases, and single-handedly determining which crimes are legal and illegal in our county."[129] }

DeSantis has appointed Hillsborough County Judge Susan Lopez to represent Warren during her suspension.

To ensure the safety of our community and the enforcement of the law," Lopez said.

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