In August 2022, Governor DeSantis suspended 13th Circuit State Attorney Andrew Warren for refusing to enforce Florida’s new abortion law and picking and choosing which laws to enforce. At the time, Warren said his suspension “spits in the face” of the voters in Hillsborough county who elected him twice.
After fighting to be reinstated, a federal judge on Monday denied the motion to immediately reinstate him as State Attorney because he said he would not enforce the state’s abortion laws.
The action to suspend Warren follows a decision in Indiana to remove a prosecutor from a case where the prosecutor, like Warren, refused, in writing, that he wouldn’t press charges if Indiana’s new abortion law is violated.
In Florida, US District Judge Robert Hinkle denied Warren’s motion for a preliminary injunction. He also rejected the state’s motion to dismiss Warren’s claims regarding his 1st Amendment rights and granted the state’s motion to dismiss his state law claims.