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Judge rules for Florida“s DeSantis against prosecutor for abortion stance


Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis gives a speech to those in attendance after taking the oath of office at his second term inauguration in Tallahassee, Florida, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Octavio Jones

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, considered a 2024 Republican presidential contender, will not be forced to reinstate an elected state prosecutor he suspended over his pledge not to bring criminal cases against people seeking or providing abortions, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in the state capital Tallahassee ruled against prosecutor Andrew Warren, a Democrat, in his lawsuit seeking to be reinstated as head of the state attorney’s office in Tampa. DeSantis on Aug. 4 barred Warren from performing any official “act, duty or function of public office.”