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DeSantis Suspends State Attorney for Refusing to Enforce Bans on Child Sex Surgeries, Abortion Restrictions

DeSantis Suspends State Attorney for Refusing to Enforce Bans on Child Sex Surgeries, Abortion Restrictions

“In June of 2021, he signed a letter saying that he would not enforce any prohibitions on sex change operations for minors. [Sex changes] are really disfiguring these young kids and he said ‘It doesn’t matter what the legislature does in the state of Florida.'”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended 13th Circuit State Attorney Andrew Warren, who is backed by George Soros, for not enforcing the bans on child sex surgeries and abortions after 15 weeks:

“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.

“The constitution of Florida has vested the veto power in the governor, not in state attorneys,” DeSantis said. “We are not going to allow this pathogen of ignoring the law get a foothold in the state of Florida.”

Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit represented Hillsborough County.

DeSantis names Hillsborough County Judge Susan Lopez to serve as the State Attorney while Warren serves the suspension:

“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,” DeSantis said. “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.”

Lopez was appointed by DeSantis to serve as a judge on the Hillsborough County Court in 2021. She previously served as Assistant State Attorney of the 13th Judicial Circuit for more than 15 years.

“I have the utmost respect for our state laws and I understand the important role that the State Attorney plays in ensuring the safety of our community and the enforcement of our laws,” Lopez said. “I want to thank the governor for placing his trust in me, and I promise that I will faithfully execute the duties of this office.”

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Comments

JackinSilverSpring | August 4, 2022 at 11:14 am

DeSantis is gutsy. Finally, someone is pushing back on that ‘tzurus’ called Soros. (Tzurus is a Yiddish word derived from Hebrew, and has come to mean grievous troubles.) I wish more governors would follow DeSantis’ lead in this.

FWIW – On the page right now are three postings about DeSantis. Can I assume that he is the preferred choice here for the 2024 GOP nomination

    taurus the judge in reply to Eric R.. | August 4, 2022 at 11:23 am

    He has a following yes (I support DeSantis so I’m one as well ) but most likely not for POTUS 2024.

    Trump 2024

    smalltownoklahoman in reply to Eric R.. | August 4, 2022 at 11:31 am

    If for some reason Trump does not run, yes. Though I would prefer Trump have another term and then Desantis have a go at the presidency.

      2024 – Trump with Death Santis as VP.
      2028 to 2036 – Death Santis as President.

        jb4 in reply to mailman. | August 4, 2022 at 1:20 pm

        Two from the same state is risky electoral business. Also, Trump will be the worst choice for Dem turnout – as TDS is an incurable disease.

          henrybowman in reply to jb4. | August 4, 2022 at 2:04 pm

          While not expressly forbidden by the Constitution, it ends up either disenfranchising the electors from that state or forcing them to vote faithlessly.

          The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves.

          Joe-dallas in reply to jb4. | August 4, 2022 at 3:26 pm

          JB4 – concur with your comment on trump – It will be huge dem turnout due to TDS.

          I know several normally rational / sane individuals who voted biden solely because of trump

          gonzotx in reply to jb4. | August 4, 2022 at 3:58 pm

          Joe

          Pretty sure your “sane” friends vote Democrat 100%
          Don’t be fooled

          gonzotx in reply to jb4. | August 4, 2022 at 4:04 pm

          Trump 2024
          Trump 2024
          Trump2024

          Maybe you should look at how popular he is actually, his political magic in the primaries are almost in fact heaven made miracles.
          You are just repeating the RINOs BS
          If it weren’t Trump do you think they would t tear apart DeSantis ? It hasn’t even started .
          Trump earned this amd has been investigated more than El any other human being in the world, EVER
          He lost billions, his family suffered, he did it all for this Country he loves
          People like you turn my stomach

          CommoChief in reply to jb4. | August 4, 2022 at 6:32 pm

          gonzotx,

          Let’s see how the very impressive number of primary picks by DJT who won their nomination perform with his help and active campaigning in the midterms.

          I guarantee that if DJT drags Oz, Mastriano and Lake across the finish line along with another two endorsed Senate candidates and some of the HoR candidates he endorsed then his position and power will rise tremendously and stop the doubters.

          If not though… that’s part of the risk. He either pulls the rabbit out of his hat and proves he still has the magic in a general election or he doesn’t. Simple as that.

          Milhouse in reply to jb4. | August 4, 2022 at 10:54 pm

          They wouldn’t be faithless, because that would be their pledge in the first place. They’d be pledged to vote for Trump and someone else, or for someone else and DeSantis, as the RNC would direct them after the final result was known and they knew how many votes they needed.

          But doing this in a small state might be considered an acceptable risk. Doing it in a state the size of Florida would be bloody stupid, unless you’re sure Republicans will hold the senate. In that case it would be OK, because even if the result is close, so that DeSantis doesn’t get a majority in the electoral college, neither would his Dem opponent, so the senate would choose from the top two, which would be him and the Dem.

          This is all stupid anyway, because there’s no way DeSantis would agree to be Trump’s VP. He has a great job now, where he’s being useful and needed; why would he give that up to be VP?

        JackinSilverSpring in reply to mailman. | August 5, 2022 at 11:00 am

        According to the Constitution, the President and Vice President must be from different states.

          No, they don’t. But if a party nominates two candidates from the same state, that state’s electors can only vote for one of them. With a small state you’re only giving up a few electors, so it might be worth it if the candidates are good enough. With a state the size of Florida you don’t want to risk the result being close enough that those electors make the difference between victory and defeat.

    Evil Otto in reply to Eric R.. | August 4, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    No. Not because he wouldn’t make a good president, but because right now Florida needs him. He’s standing as the wall between the citizens of my state and chaos. He needs to serve a second term.

I can’t wait to see how Gov. Hair Gel responds to this latest “act of tyranny” by DeSantis. I wonder how CA transplants return to CA now? My guess: none.

Too bad the governor of Virginia lacks the power to do what DeSantis just did.

“Indefinite suspension” means he’s still the state attorney, he just doesn’t get to do anything until Desantis lifts the suspension, which will happen some time between now and never.

In NY a governor can fire a county DA, which is what Zeldin says he’ll do to Bragg if he’s elected, but there’s a process that takes longer than a day, so he can’t literally do it on his first day in office.

    Peabody in reply to Milhouse. | August 4, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Sometime in the future, when enough New Yorkers move to Florida, they will elect a Democrat Governor and he will lift the suspension.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Milhouse. | August 4, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    There will also be the race card played. Will Zeldin back down?

    henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | August 4, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Because firing a poohbah is not as simple as destroying an international pipeline and a national border wall.

      Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | August 4, 2022 at 11:11 pm

      When the poohbah is an independently elected official, it shouldn’t be as simple. In many states it’s not doable at all. A county DA doesn’t work for the governor, so it stands to reason that he can’t fire him; but the state constitution says he can. In Florida only the senate can fire a prosecutor, but the governor can suspend him until the senate deals with him, so that’s what he’s done.

Leadership and a common sense decision by DeSantis that the overwhelming majority of voters intuitively understand. His communication strategy and framing of the issue by specific language choices makes this a much easier sell.

DeSantis emphasized the actual behavior by the State Attorney that, to him and most voters, unacceptable; refusing to enforce a category of law because of his political ideology. That specific framing undercuts arguments from the left that he is picking on a Soros backed guy for partisan reasons. The result, suspending this guy, is the same but the language and framing makes it easier to defend instead of handing the d/prog a club by using ambiguous or partisan language.

smalltownoklahoman | August 4, 2022 at 11:29 am

Good! Could this state attorney be fired or removed from office if after serving this suspension he still refuses to prosecute those who perform these operations?

This is what a real leader does, he doesn’t try to please everyone by doing nothing

Excellent. I’m looking forward to watching progressives’ heads explode today. Maybe the ladies on The View would like to have a thoughtful discussion about this!

Warren needs to be disbarred for intentionally failing to enforce the law.

Does he still get paid?

No more transgender (homosexuals, bisexuals excluded) conversion therapy through surgical, medical, psychiatric, and social corruption. No more human rites performed for social, redistributive, clinical, political, and fair weather causes. Oh, the trans/humanity!

A step… a baby step in the right direction.

stevewhitemd | August 4, 2022 at 1:15 pm

Remember a few years back when a court clerk was fired for declining to process gay marriage licenses? The progressive left then piously said, “you have to do your duty no matter what your personal beliefs are.”

I wonder if the the Left believes that today?

    taurus the judge in reply to stevewhitemd. | August 4, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Sure, every time it supports their worldview

    They do. But their definition of “duty” is not what normal people think it is.

    They don’t believe it now and they didn’t believe it back then. They just recognized the opportunity to use it as a political cudgel back then.

    Milhouse in reply to stevewhitemd. | August 4, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Yes, but court clerks don’t have discretion. Prosecutors do. Prosecutorial discretion is a pretty basic part of our system of government. But there’s precedent in Florida for a governor and/or the legislature deciding it’s gone too far and using it as grounds to suspend or fire the prosecutor.

Imagine that… refuse to DO YOUR JOB and you get removed from your job.

    henrybowman in reply to Paul. | August 4, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Sarcasm aside, this is actually a step forward in government employee HR policies. Government employees are notoriously impossible to fire, for any reasons whatsoever.

      CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | August 4, 2022 at 7:20 pm

      Maybe take a page from fiction?
      ‘Paulie? Ha, won’t be seeing him no more.’

      Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | August 4, 2022 at 11:23 pm

      Yeah, but he’s not a civil servant, he’s an elected official. The regular way to get rid of him is to defeat him at the next election. But the FL constitution provides this other way, so DeSantis has used it. There’s precedent for it.

It’s good Florida has this statue. No doubt it will be abused by a Democrat governor if one has a chance in the future – these are double edged swords – but thank goodness DeSantis has a chance to use it appropriately.

Civil servants need to be held accountable more. A lot more.

MoeHowardwasright | August 4, 2022 at 1:43 pm

As a proud supporter and resident of Florida, all I am say is it’s about time. He let this Soros ass hat hang himself with his own written and spoken words and actions. This sends a strong message to Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach.

Good! Too bad he can’t just outright fire him for his dereliction of duty.

    taurus the judge in reply to Ironclaw. | August 4, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    I don’t know.

    “Languishing” in this suspension might have more impact that a single event like firing.

      CommoChief in reply to taurus the judge. | August 4, 2022 at 6:08 pm

      I like the visual of DeSantis putting this guy in ‘time out’ in the corner telling him to stay there and think about what you did. Gotta grate a little more each day.

You can’t stop crime and misbehavior.
But you can and should make sure it has consequences and punishment.
DeSantis is one of the few politicians left who still understands that.

This is what draining the swamp looks like.

Warren went to Brandeis, got his law degree at Columbia, clerked at a federal district court in San Francisco, was an instructor at the Justice Dept’s national training center, and practiced at an international law firm in New York and DC. No red flags there at all for a Florida State Attorney,

His former office will be up for grabs in the 2024 election.