The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantissuspended a state prosecutor who promised not to prosecute cases related to the recent abortion ban after 15 weeks in this southern state of the United States, in addition to expressing his support for gender reassignment treatments in minors.
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“State prosecutors have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined by Florida law, not choose which laws to enforce based on their personal agenda”he pointed DeSantis in a statement announcing the suspension Thursday of Hillsborough County State’s Attorney Andrew Warren.
DeSantisa rising figure within the Republican Party who is running for re-election in November of this year, appealed to the powers granted by the state Constitution to suspend Warren, a member of the Democratic Party who was elected by voters in that county in 2016 and re-elected in 2020.
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In his replacement, DeSantis appointed state attorney Susan Lopez, a Hillsborough County judge.
“People need to understand. This is not the governor trying to suspend an elected official. This is the governor trying to overthrow democracy here in Hillsborough County.”Warren said Thursday afternoon during a news conference.
The prosecutor said that the governor’s decision means “annulling” the vote of the population and, in addition, specified that until its suspension, which is for an indefinite period of time, no case related to the new state law on abortion had come to his office. Florida.
On July 1, a new state law went into effect in this state that prohibits the abortion after fifteen weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions such as the mother’s life being in danger if the procedure is not performed. Exceptions do not include cases of rape or incest.
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Florida It does not have laws that punish gender change treatments between minors.
“Our government is a government of laws, not a government of men”DeSantis said during a press conference in Tampa, in the west of the state, surrounded by police authorities.
The Republican, whose name is being called as a possible candidate for the Presidency in 2024, stated that the position of prosecutor Warren was “below the standard of the Florida Constitution.”
In a statement, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz lamented the suspension of Warren, “an exceptional public official,” and said this “offensive display of power” by DeSantis it is a political game that puts public safety at risk.
“It is in line with the history of DeSantis to strip freedoms from Floridians: women, duly elected local government and school officials, private individuals and businesses, or anyone else who simply dares to disagree with him.”he added.