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FL State Attorney Suspended for Declining to Enforce State Laws

Facts

  • Andrew Warren, a Democrat State Attorney in Florida, has been suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), for refusing to enforce state laws on abortion and gender reassignment procedures.
  • During a press conference on Thurs., DeSantis claimed Warren "publicly put himself above the law" when he promised to not enforce a ban on abortion past 15-weeks or any restrictions on gender-reassignment for minors.
  • Warren was one of 90 elected prosecutors who, in June, made a commitment not to prosecute those seeking or facilitating abortions following the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.

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Spin

Republican narrative

DeSantis is right to be taking action against woke prosecutors who consider themselves above the law. Egregious violations of the rule of law such as Warren's blatant disregard for the decisions of elected legislators demand a harsh response.

Democratic narrative

Warren is an elected representative who became the face of progressive criminal justice reform in 2016 and has since been standing up for reproductive rights. DeSantis himself has overreached in this case, exercising dictatorial powers while making specious criticisms of Democratic views on policy matters.

Nerd narrative

There is a 30% chance that Ron DeSantis will become US President by 2029, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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