Prosecutors with radical agendas won’t get away with it in Florida, according to Governor Ron DeSantis

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! FLORIDA’S HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY The state attorney that Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis suspended on Thursday morning prioritized ideology over the law, the governor told Fox News.

After the state attorney promised not to prosecute abortion patients or their providers for unlawfully ending pregnancies, DeSantis suspended Andrew Warren. Days before a state legislation barring abortions after 15 weeks went into effect, Warren made the commitment in June.

Following a press conference when he announced the suspension, DeSantis granted Fox News an exclusive interview. “We had the individual here from Hillsborough County state and signed letters that there are certain statutes he just won’t enforce and won’t prosecute,” he said. “States attorneys are not fulfilling their oath of office” if they prioritize their ideology over the law.

During the press conference, DeSantis claimed that Warren repeatedly criticized the legislation’s efforts to restrict abortion and crack down on kid sex change procedures.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren on Thursday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

On Thursday, Andrew Warren was placed on administrative leave by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo

Warren tweeted last month: “The 15-week suspension is illegal on its face. Tallahassee understood this when the statute was passed, hoping judges would disregard the right to privacy guaranteed by the Florida Constitution.”

Warren said, “I laid my hand on the Bible and promised to defend the US and Florida Constitutions. “Abortion is expressly covered by the privacy right in Florida’s constitution. I will support the law and defend our rights while Tallahassee tries to break it.”

Andrew Warren, a state attorney in Florida, was suspended over his pledge not to prosecute patients and doctors over illegal abortions.

Florida state attorney Andrew Warren was placed on leave after promising not to bring charges against patients or medical professionals who perform unlawful abortions. ((AP Photo/Monica Herndon, The Tampa Bay Times))

DeSantis selected Hillsborough County Court Judge Susan Lopez to succeed Warren as part of his suspension order plan.
Democrats in Florida, notably Nikki Fried, a candidate for governor and commissioner of agriculture, criticized the choice and dubbed DeSantis a “want tobe dictator.”
Shortly after the news, Fried tweeted said, “This is ridiculous and dangerous.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed that Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren preferred ideology to the rule of law. ((AP Photo/Monica Herndon, The Tampa Bay Times))

As DeSantis stated to Fox News: “I do believe that some of these prosecutors with quite strong ideological agendas have managed to get away with quite a bit in other places. Prosecutors who believe they can pick and choose which laws to enforce have appeared all over our nation.”

Warren “may have thought he could do this crap in Florida because they get away with it in Los Angeles, they get away with it in Baltimore,” DeSantis said. “Not under my watch. To defend the state’s citizens, we’re going to act swiftly and decisively.”

An inquiry for comment was not immediately answered by Warren’s office.
To this report, Anders Hagstrom contributed.
Tampa, Florida-based Fox Digital Originals reporter Matt Leach.

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