DeSantis Fires Another 'Soros' Prosecutor Over 'Needless Pain, Suffering, And Death'

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Aug 11, 2023 - 02:40 AM

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday suspended the top prosecutor in Orlando who refused to enforce the law against criminals which went on to commit more crimes, including murder.

"Prosecutors have a duty to faithfully enforce the law. One's political agenda cannot trump this solemn duty. Refusing to faithfully enforce the laws of Florida puts our communities in danger and victimizes innocent Floridians," DeSantis said.

Monique Worrell, Florida state attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit, failed to prosecute 43% of arrests - releasing 16,243 defendants without prosecution, according to state AG Ashley Moody.

"Ms. Worrell is dismissing during the same period nearly four times the number of defendants as are being dismissed or not charged in Palm Beach County," she said, adding "It is not normal for a prosecutor to come out repeatedly after we have seen tragedy strike and insinuate, 'It's not my fault.' I submit to you this was, in a way, to distract from where fault should have lay."

Even violent felonies were only prosecuted 41% of the time, according to Moody.

"If she were allowed to continue in this office, her failure would continue to cause needless pain, suffering, and death," Moody said of Worrell - speaking in tones of 'intense but controlled anger,' according to the Epoch Times.

In many cases, Ms. Worrell's choice not to prosecute turned lethal, Gov. DeSantis noted.

A 17-year-old in Ms. Worrell's circuit was arrested for criminal possession of a firearm, he said. She let him go, and he shot and killed his pregnant girlfriend.

Another criminal was arrested for sex abuse of a minor, the governor said. After getting let out on bond by Ms. Worrell, he shot and killed two police officers, he said. -Epoch Times

"I have no doubt that today's decision is not only consistent with the Constitution and laws of Florida, that we have a right to act. We had a duty to act to protect the public from this dereliction of duty," said DeSantis.

Responding to the removal, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd said that criminals are incentivized by their chances of success, and think "I'll just shoot them because, heck, after all, I probably won't go to jail."

In response to her removal, Worrell defended her record by calling her approach "unconventional" and "doing things differently." 

Of note, Worrell received election funding from billionaire George Soros

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), a former governor of Florida, supported DeSantis' decision.

"This is the right move," Scott posted to X. "Democrats’ soft-on-crime policies are eroding our communities and families’ ability to feel safe. In February, I called on SA Monique Worrell to deliver the justice and accountability needed for the families affected by shootings in her district and said her suspension would be fully justified. She failed to do her job. Families deserve better."

Worrell is the second Soros-funded state attorney removed by DeeSantis in the past 12 months, after suspending Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren for violating his oath of office and holding himself "above the law" in what DeSantis described as a "very very troubling record."