Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, announced the suspension of Monique Worrell, the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, citing reasons of dereliction of duty and incompetence.
Worrell, who had the backing of a group associated with billionaire Democrat George Soros, has been accused of allowing violent criminals and drug traffickers to receive lenient sentences, thereby not facing the full repercussions of their actions. The executive order detailing her suspension highlighted several policies and practices, including avoiding mandatory sentences for gun and drug trafficking crimes, limiting charges for child pornography, and other questionable legal decisions.
DeSantis’s administration provided multiple instances that showcased the outcomes of Worrell’s policies. One such incident involved Daton Viel, who, while on probation for a previous offense, was arrested for sexual battery on a minor. Despite this, he was released on bond and later shot two Orlando police officers. Another case highlighted a 17-year-old, Lorenzo Larry, who shot his pregnant girlfriend after being released despite multiple prior arrests, including firearm possession on school property.
In a recent press conference, DeSantis introduced Judge Andrew Bain as the replacement for Worrell’s position as State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. This decision by the Governor comes a year after he removed another prosecutor, State Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit, who also had ties to Soros.