Whining Scorned Prosecutor Andrew Warren Looks to Drag DeSantis to Court
The legal battle between Governor Ron DeSantis and former prosecutor Andrew Warren has continued, with Warren attempting to win a federal lawsuit against the Governor for firing him in August.
Warren, however, has raged against the move ever since, filing a federal lawsuit against the Governor and arguing First Amendment grounds. The court filing frames DeSantis as “gloating” over his firing of Warren, apparently equating DeSantis’s public comments on the mover as exposing his sole and illegitimate excuse for ousting the rebellious prosecutor.
“Never before has the governor of Florida suspended an elected official for his protected speech, held a media event at which he gloated about it, appeared on Fox News to continue to gloat about it, campaigned around the country for like-minded candidates while gloating about it, and then run away from court when asked to testify about it. Hopefully no similar case ever rises again. But if such a further case is necessary, the Governor should testify there, just like he should, if circumstances warrant, here.”
As the filing says, Warren’s lawyers seek to call DeSantis to testify. This particular request has been the source of some contention. Warren’s lawyers have taken a doubled position of scoffing at the idea that DeSantis cannot be summoned based on his previous statements while hedging their bets and arguing that the Governor’s testimony isn’t necessary to their case.
In August, DeSantis explained that he fired Warren because he “put himself publicly above the law” by refusing to enforce many of Florida’s laws, including limiting abortions and banning ‘sex-changes’ for children.
“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.”
DeSantis argued that Warren’s dereliction of his duty to fulfill the fundamental role of being a prosecutor, enforcing laws, more than justified his termination.
“Our government is a government of laws, not a government of men. When you make yourself above the law, you have violated your duty[…] 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 trial is set to start next week, and the hearing to decide whether or not DeSantis will be required to testify is happening Wednesday.
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