Governor won’t have to testify at suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney’s trial | Florida Dispensaries

Governor won’t have to testify at suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney’s trial

​​Gov. Ron DeSantis cannot be compelled to testify in the federal case that suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren is making to be reinstated, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Warren’s case that his August suspension from office is a violation of his First Amendment rights that should be undone starts Tuesday in front of U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle. In that effort, his lawyers have sought to compel the Governor to testify. His lawyers, however, filed a 29-page motion to bar the testimony, saying the Governor has already provided sufficient material —“thousands of pages” — about why Warren was suspended.

Warren was suspended because he signed a pledge not to prosecute women who seek abortions or the doctors who provide them, according to what DeSantis said at a news conference. The Governor also complained about Warren’s position against prosecuting potential prohibitions on gender-affirming medical care. Even though there wasn’t any specific case that Warren had chosen not to prosecute, DeSantis said that the prosecutor couldn’t pick and choose which laws he would prosecute.

At a telephonic pretrial hearing Wednesday, Hinkle said that it is DeSantis’ choice not to testify.

“If the Governor doesn’t testify, then the Governor won’t testify and

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