In a significant move toward restoring law and order in Florida, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has taken decisive action by suspending Monique Worrell, the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
Worrell, who had received backing from a group associated with radical activist Democrat billionaire George Soros, has been exposed for her dereliction of duty and sheer incompetence in handling criminal cases. This suspension comes as a vital step in safeguarding our communities from dangerous offenders.
Wednesday morning, Gov. DeSantis signed an executive order suspending State Attorney Worrell, citing her neglect of duty as the main reason for her removal. The move is a step to protect the law-abiding citizens of Florida and ensure that justice is served, by ending Worrell’s failure to prosecute a violent criminal who later commits heinous acts.
The governor’s executive order lists several instances of Worrell’s “neglect of duty and incompetence,” including:
· “[T]he administration of criminal justice in the Ninth Circuit has been so clearly and fundamentally derelict as to constitute both neglect of duty and incompetence.”
· “[Worrell] authorized or allowed practices or policies that have systematically permitted violent offenders, drug traffickers, serious-juvenile offenders, and pedophiles to evade incarceration when otherwise warranted under Florida law.”
· “These practices or policies include non-filing or dropping meritorious charges or declining to allege otherwise provable facts to avoid triggering applicable lengthy sentences, minimum mandatory sentences.”
· “[Worrell] authorized or allowed practices or policies whereby her assistant state attorneys are generally prevented or discouraged from obtaining meritorious minimum mandatory sentences for gun crimes.”
One of the reasons for Worrell's suspension is her abuse of prosecutorial discretion. While prosecutors do have the ability to choose which cases to pursue, Worrell has taken it to an extreme by effectively nullifying laws in the state, such as restrictions on abortion and provision of harmful gender-change services to minors.
Worrell's policies and practices have directly contributed to a more dangerous environment, endangering the lives and well-being of Floridians, DeSantis said.
The governor's office has presented various instances that exemplify the egregious outcomes resulting from Worrell's misguided policies. These examples expose a system that has failed to protect the innocent and prioritize the well-being of their communities. It is clear that action had to be taken to rectify this alarming situation.
Announcing the suspension, Gov. DeSantis highlighted a specific case involving Daton Viel, who shot two Orlando officers while out on bond for a child rape case. Worrell's failure to keep this dangerous individual off the streets demonstrates her incompetence and inability to fulfill her duties as a state attorney, which have put innocent lives at risk.
Worrell also failed to prosecute the suspect who tragically shot and killed a Spectrum News reporter, a mother, and a little girl in Orlando earlier this year.
The suspension of State Attorney Monique Worrell is an example of Gov. DeSantis' commitment to upholding conservative values and ensuring that Florida’s elected officials carry out their duties with integrity and adherence to the law.
Worrell’s suspension is part of Gov. DeSantis's ongoing efforts to address the influence of woke prosecutors tied to George Soros who have who had demonstrated a lack of competence and a disregard for the law. Last year, DeSantis removed Andrew Warren, the Tampa area state attorney, for similar reasons. Warren, like Worrell, signaled his opposition to prosecuting abortion providers and those seeking abortions.
Displaying a blatant disregard for the rights of the unborn, Warren refused to enforce a 15-week abortion ban. Both she and Warren have condemned Florida’s law protecting minors from gender-altering procedures.
The governor's decision to suspend Worrell has garnered support from law enforcement officials such as Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. Their presence at the announcement reflects the seriousness of the situation and the need for decisive action. While they may not work in Worrell's district, their endorsement highlights the importance of maintaining law and order across the state.
Moving forward, Judge Andrew Bain will be taking over for the 9th Judicial Circuit. Bain is noted for his experience and dedication to law enforcement.