Suspended prosecutor Monique Worrell sues Ron DeSantis

Left: Suspended Orange-Osceola State Attorney Monique Worrell (D) (via YouTube screengrab/WFTV). Right: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) speaks during a news conference, May 9, 2023, in Miami. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File).

Monique Worrell, an elected Democratic prosecutor in Florida who was suspended by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis on August 9, has sued DeSantis to get her job back.

Orange-Osceola County prosecutor Worrell is a former public defender and a professor at the University of Florida who was suspended by DeSantis via  executive order for alleged “neglect of duty” and “incompetence.” De Santis’ 40-page order detailed a litany of alleged misdeeds that DeSantis said warranted Worrell’s removal from her post.

The order said that Worrell’s practices “are an abuse of prosecutorial discretion and reflect a systemic failure to enforce incarcerative penalties called for by Florida law.” Specifically, Worrell is said to have failed to impose mandatory minimum sentences for criminals, and did not fully prosecute both adults and juveniles who later went on to commit other crimes.

The order prohibits Worrell from performing any acts, duties, or functions of public office, suspends her indefinitely without pay, and appoints Andrew Bain, a former Orange County judge and member of the conservative Federalist Society, as a replacement for the entirety of Worrell’s suspension.

In her 51-page complaint filed in Florida state court on Wednesday, Worrell asserts that her suspension was invalid and asks the court to declare DeSantis’ executive order null and void.

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