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Opinion Firing a successful prosecutor is DeSantis’s latest political stunt

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Andrew Warren, the state attorney for the judicial district that includes Tampa and replaced him with a conservative judge. Ruben Navarrette: The move is part of a conservative backlash against reform-oriented prosecutors across the country. He says Tampa's crime rate in Warren's district was 30 percent lower in 2020 than that of St. Petersburg and St. P. Petersburg. He argues that Tampa murders have surged, but they’ve surged everywhere in Florida. The main consequence of the stunt is to disenfranchise Tampa’s voters, he says, who reelected Warren by nearly 7 points in 2010.Navarrette says the real offense is prioritizing different and more serious crimes than culture-war issues that preoccupy

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis decried the catastrophe of progressive prosecutors at a news conference last week. Ruben Navarrette: Prosecutor Warren in fact is one of the more transparent, responsive prosecutors in the country. He says his priorities also make sense; his office still prosecutes 85 percent of all crimes that come to his office, including 80 percent of felonies. He was flanked by Grady Judd, the outspoken law-and-order sheriff from Polk County, who opposes progressive prosecutors.