Suspended Hillsborough State’s Attorney Andrew Warren will spend his day in court

A U.S. District Court judge will hear arguments Monday on whether suspended Hillsborough County State’s Attorney Andrew Warren should be reinstated.

Warren, along with attorneys for Governor Ron DeSantis, will present their cases before Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee.

DeSantis suspended Warren last month, citing Warren’s previous comments that he would not enforce any current or potential state laws regarding abortion or transgender health care.

“It’s not up to him to get above that and say he’s not going to enforce the laws,” DeSantis said last month when he announced the suspension. “We don’t elect people in one part of the state to have a veto over what the whole state decides on these important issues.”

Warren sued, claiming that DeSantis overstepped his authority and violated Warren’s First Amendment right to free speech.

“I’m not going to go down without a fight,” Warren said in a video announcing he would be taking legal action. “I am a former federal prosecutor, the duly elected state’s attorney, a native of Florida, and a proud American. I refuse to let this man trample on your freedoms to speak your mind, to make your own decisions when it comes to health and make your vote count.

The suspension drew a strong response from judges, police chiefs and jurists across the state who filed amicus briefs in support of Warren.

Hinkle could rule on Warren’s request to block the suspension soon after the hearing, according to a press release.

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