The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has suspended state Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit representing Hillsborough County for refusing to enforce legislative laws.
The governor, Ron DeSantis, announced this suspension during a press conference. He had disclosed that the attorney’s refusal to enforce legislative laws relating to child gender change surgeries and abortion restrictions led to this suspension. “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 said to the press.
Prosecutors have a duty to enforce the law, not pick and choose which laws they agree with.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 4, 2022
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
He added that “this isn’t about abortion or any one thing, it’s about having accountability to our system of law and order to prosecute crime. A pattern has developed in Hillsborough County, where one person picks and chooses which laws he wishes to enforce.”
According to officials, the attorney had presumed himself to be a lawmaker as he continuously tried to be an adjudicator of what laws will and will not be enforced. However, the attorney had publicly pledged not to press charges against women getting abortions as his only focus was on prosecuting “real crimes.”
Furthermore, the attorney had gone along with 84 others to sign a statement by Fair and Justice Prosecution. The statement reads: “Our legislators may decide to criminalize personal healthcare decisions, but we remain obligated to prosecute only those cases that serve the interest of justice and the people.”
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He had also announced that the law was irrelevant, and he would not adhere to it regardless of what happened, as he was only going to stand by what he believed to be right.
“Not criminalizing a decision that mothers make with her families with her doctors enforcing arbitrary bans on abortion enforcing a law that doesn’t actually promote public safety is something that prosecutors should not be doing,” he said.
“It depends on the facts and circumstances of every case but moving the line arbitrarily from the point of viability to 15 weeks it’s not something that anyone in any way protects public safety and all it does is violate people’s fundamental freedoms and the right to privacy,” Warren argued.
In reaction to this habit of the attorney, the governor reminded the public that such power was only vested in him as the current governor and never in state attorneys. “We are not going to allow this pathogen of ignoring the law to get a foothold in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said to the press.
Regardless of his school of thought, the governor had argued that the attorney’s duty should be placed first, but he had neglected that as he refused to enforce criminal laws.
“It’s not for (Warren) to put himself above that and say that he is not going to enforce the law. We don’t elect people in one part of the state, to have veto power over what the entire state decides on these important issues,” the governor said at the conference.