Florida Supreme Court Upholds DeSantis’ Decision to Oust Soros-Backed Official

By: Georgia | Published: Jun 07, 2024

The Florida Supreme Court just handed Governor Ron DeSantis a big win, supporting his move to oust a prosecutor with connections to George Soros. 

The court’s decision came down hard against State Attorney Monique Worrell, endorsing DeSantis’ claim of her “dereliction of duty.”

The Roots of the Controversy

Governor DeSantis charged Monique Worrell with a failure to effectively prosecute crime, labeling it as “dereliction of duty.” 

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This led to her suspension and sparked her legal fight for reinstatement, during which she claimed her removal was an overreach of DeSantis’ powers.

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A Door Closed for Worrell

After a fiery legal tussle, the Florida Supreme Court’s 6-1 ruling crushed Worrell’s hopes of getting her job back. 

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The justices found the allegations against her neither vague nor outside the bounds of her prosecutorial discretion.

Clarifying Legal Boundaries

The court further clarified that the governor’s suspension did not overstep legal boundaries concerning prosecutorial discretion.

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They stated, “A suspension order does not infringe on a state attorney’s lawful exercise of prosecutorial discretion where it alleges that such discretion is, in fact, not being exercised in individual cases but, rather, that generalized policies have resulted in categorical enforcement practices.”

DeSantis Critiques Worrell’s Record

Amid his presidential campaign, Governor DeSantis took a firm stand against Worrell’s handling of crime.

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He criticized her office’s leniency and said, “The practices and policies of her office have allowed murderers, other violent offenders, and dangerous drug traffickers to receive extremely reduced sentences and escape the full consequences of their criminal conduct.”

Concerns Over Community Safety

Governor DeSantis emphasized the threat to community safety under Worrell’s tenure.

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He said, “State Attorney Worrell’s practices undermine Florida law and endanger the safety, security, and welfare of the communities that Ms. Worrell was elected to serve.”

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Campaign Funding Controversies

In the 2020 election cycle, Worrell enjoyed significant financial backing from Our Vote Our Voice, which was funded by $1 million from the Soros-backed group Democracy Now, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

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Our Vote Our Voice spent $1.5 million in support of Worrell, raising eyebrows and questions about influence.

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DeSantis' Previous Prosecutor Pursuits

Notably, Worrell wasn’t the first prosecutor DeSantis targeted. 

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He suspended another attorney, Andrew Warren, over his refusal to enforce Florida’s abortion laws, a decision later upheld by a federal court.

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Broader Legal Repercussions

This ruling arrived shortly after a federal judge intervened in another of DeSantis’ policies.

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The judge stopped parts of his new illegal immigration law designed to stiffen penalties for human smuggling.

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Judicial Intervention on Immigration

U.S. District Judge Roy Altman placed a temporary hold on the immigration law, highlighting the anxiety it caused among Florida’s residents. 

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In his ruling, Altman referenced the palpable fear among families about the potential for arrest or deportation when traveling with undocumented individuals.

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The Ripple Effects of Immigration Policy

The injunction issued by Judge Altman casts a spotlight on the wider impacts of the immigration law, particularly on families with mixed immigration statuses. 

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The fear and uncertainty generated by the law have stirred significant community concern.

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Florida’s Charged Legal Environment

These legal disputes paint a picture of a tense and charged atmosphere in Florida’s political and legal landscape, with Governor DeSantis playing a central role in shaping the state’s judicial and legislative direction. 

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The outcomes of these cases are likely to influence not only state policy but also national political dynamics.

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