Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis removed Soros DA Andrew Warren from office due to his stance not to enforce laws passed by the legislature and signed by DeSantis. Warren went to court to get his job back, but the judge ruled that he did not have the authority to return him to office. Warren is now appealing to a state court to reinstate him. DAs do have the right to dispose of individual cases that come before them, but they do not have the right to ignore the law en masse.
From Bloomberg Law
In Florida, US District Judge Robert Hinkle denied Andrew Warren’s motion for a preliminary injunction. He also denied the state’s motion to dismiss Warren’s First Amendment claims, and granted the state’s motion to dismiss his state law claims.
“We look forward to a trial on the merits,” Warren said in a video posted to his Twitter account after Monday’s court hearing. “And, as the judge said, we especially look forward to the governor having to come into court—where facts and truth matter—and try to justify what he did.”
DeSantis’s spokeswoman, Taryn Fenske, said in an email that “we are pleased that the court denied Andrew Warren’s request for a preliminary injunction.”
“The Governor is entrusted by the people of Florida to utilize his constitutional powers and may suspend elected officials in Florida who refuse to enforce the law,” she wrote.
Now, St Louis DA, Kim Gardner is facing removal after Attorney General Andrew Bailey (R-MO), prompting the AG’s office to move forward with plans to remove her from office by legal means instead. The reason for her removal is the dereliction of duty. She has been a nightmare ever since she was first elected. She instructed her office not to prosecute any case brought forth by 28 police officers. She threw out every case against rioters in St.Louis.
Bailey told Gardner that he would start proceedings against her and have her removed from office if she did not resign by noon on Thursday. She refused to resign and Bailey filed against her at 12:01 PM. He wasted no time on her. She plans her own press conference on Thursday.
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey's press conference on St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner
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Bailey laid out three reasons for the filing, saying first that Gardner “has failed to prosecute cases that are pending in her jurisdiction.” Bailey says that is allowing justice to be thrown aside and puts criminals back on the street. The most recent case is where the prosecutor’s office failed to charge a suspect for crimes that he had committed and he was freed, even though he violated the terms of his release 50 times. He then pinned a woman between his car and another car. The woman had to have both legs amputated.
“The second claim is that she has failed to confer and inform victims of the procedural posture and ultimate disposition in criminal cases.”
By law, Gardiner is obligated to keep the victims of crimes updated on the disposition of the criminal charges against their attackers. She did not do this and my guess it’s because she dropped so many cases or plea bargained them down to lowly misdemeanors.
“Finally, she has neglected her duties by failing to charge new cases referred to her by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department,” he concluded. “These three behaviors constitute a continued pattern of failure to discharge her duties in office, and represent neglect under the statutes and warrant removal. At the end of the day, this is about the rule of law, and about justice.”
According to a report from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Gardner plans to hold her own news conference later on Thursday afternoon.