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Florida's Supreme Court supports DeSantis suspension of Democrat state prosecutor

Florida's Supreme Court supports DeSantis suspension of Democrat state prosecutor


Florida's Supreme Court supports DeSantis suspension of Democrat state prosecutor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida's highest court on Thursday rejected an effort by a suspended state attorney to get reinstated after she was removed from office last year by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in his second suspension of a Democratic prosecutor.

Supreme Court justices voted 6-1 to deny a petition from suspended State Attorney Monique Worrell of the 9th Judicial Circuit, which serves metro Orlando. The majority of justices said they disagreed with her arguments that DeSantis' reasons for suspending her were too vague or that the suspension infringed on her lawful exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

DeSantis said Worrell failed to prosecute crimes committed by minors and didn’t seek mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes, putting the public in danger in her central Florida district.

DeSantis last year removed State Attorney Andrew Warren, a twice-elected Democrat in Tampa, over Warren's signing of pledges that he would not pursue criminal charges against seekers or providers of abortion or gender transition treatments as well as his policies on not bringing charges for certain low-level crimes.