Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren, who pledged not to press charges against those who violate state abortion laws.
“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,” the Republican’s office said in a statement.
“The constitution of Florida has vested the veto power in the governor, not in state attorneys,” DeSantis said. “We are not going to allow this pathogen of ignoring the law get a foothold in the state of Florida.”
Warren publicly announced he would not enforce the law just one week after the reversal of Roe v. Wade, explaining he feels “enforcing a law that doesn’t actually promote public safety is something that prosecutors should not be doing.” This is not an isolated incident, as Warren has repeatedly chosen which laws to selectively enforce. Previously, Warren has refused to enforce Florida’s laws on mutilative transgender surgeries.
DeSantis’ decision to suspend Warren is the first of many actions the governor plans to take to stamp out corrupt prosecutors whom he blames for the uptick in crime within Democrat-run cities.
Warren, alongside more than 84 state and district attorneys, signed his name onto a statement by Fair and Justice Prosecution, a network of elected local prosecutors taking it upon themselves to decide which laws should be enforced to promote a “compassionate” justice system.
“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,” the statement said.
Florida’s abortion laws, which restrict abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, on the more lenient side of existing state laws, with states such as Texas, Missouri, and Alabama restricting abortion earlier in pregnancy.
The left’s consideration of laws as mere suggestions has proven detrimental to the safety and wellbeing of citizens, as Democrat-run cities experience crime booms due to the intentional repression of law enforcement and refusal to prosecute lawbreakers.
“This isn’t about abortion or any one thing, it’s about having accountability to our system of law and order to prosecute crime,” Kyle Lamb of DeSantis’s office said. “There has been a pattern developing in Hillsborough County where one person picks and chooses which laws he wishes to enforce.”