Florida Governor Ron DeSantis officially suspended George Soros-sponsored State Attorney Monique Worrell on Wednesday morning for “neglect of duty and incompetence.”
“It is my duty as Governor to ensure that the laws enacted by our duly elected Legislature are followed,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The people of Central Florida deserve to have a State Attorney who will seek justice in accordance with the law instead of allowing violent criminals to roam the streets and find new victims.”
The specific charges laid at Worrell were;
- Practices or policies to avoid minimum mandatory sentences for gun crimes.
- Practices or policies to avoid minimum mandatory sentences for drug trafficking offenses.
- Practices or policies allowing juveniles to avoid serious charges and incarceration altogether.
- Practices or policies to avoid valid and applicable sentencing enhancements.
- Practices or policies limiting charges for child pornography.
- Practices or policies seeking the withholding of adjudication in situations not permitted under Florida law.
After DeSantis fired another Soros protege, Andrew Warren (RedState LIVE! Is Happening Now: Ron DeSantis Shows Us How to Deal With Soros-Backed Garbage), it was obvious that the rogue office that Worrell ran would get high-level scrutiny; Ron DeSantis Prepares to Take out Another Soros-Backed Prosecutor.
Worrell immediately gave an unhinged press conference that demonstrated she was an egomaniac who shouldn’t be allowed close to any office of public responsibility; see WATCH: Soros-Backed Prosecutor Freaks Out After Ron DeSantis Removes Her From Office for more on that dumpster fire.
WORRELL: This is an outrage. One year, three years ago, I was elected by the people of the ninth judicial circuit to lead this circuit, and yes, to do things unconventionally, to do things differently. But I didn’t hide, I didn’t say I would do things and I didn’t do them. I didn’t say I wouldn’t do things and not do them. I did exactly what I said I would do, and that is what you want from an elected official.
Elected officials are being taken out of office solely for political purposes, and that should never be a thing. There used to be a very high standard for the removal of elected officials. There used to be a standard that I would have had to be criminally prosecuted for something, neglected my duties, meaning that I don’t show up for work and don’t do my job, or that I had some kind of illness that prevented me from doing my job. But under this tyranny, elected officials can be removed simply for political purposes and by a whim of the governor, and no matter how you feel about me, you should not be okay with that.
You know, announcing, “I’m going to get snot-slinging drunk and ram my car into a bridge pier,” and then going out and doing it may be “unconventional,” and you did what you said you were going to do, but none of that is a defense.
We all know how this is going to proceed. First, she will claim that she was removed for political reasons. When that tack fails, she’ll hit the old standby of racism. So let’s get the first part out of the way and get on with the real entertainment. What follows is a narrative based on a lengthy Twitter thread by the Tampa Bay Times.
Saturday, Daton Viel was killed by Orlando SWAT officers in a gunfight that left two officers wounded. None of that had to happen. In December 2022, Viel abducted and sexually assaulted a girl he picked up on the way to school. He was arrested but released on bond. At the time of the arrest for sexual assault, he was on probation from the Florida prison system for aggravated assault, arson, and battery. On June 14, Viel cut off his ankle bracelet and absconded. An arrest warrant was issued. On June 30, he successfully fled from police during a traffic stop. His car was caught on video fleeing the scene of a homicide on July 10.
Lorenzo Larry, 17, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a weapon on school property, and criminal possession of a firearm in May 2022. He was not prosecuted. In November, he shot his pregnant girlfriend, killing her and the child. If he had been treated as the felon he is, his girlfriend could very well still be alive.
In 2018, Jasir Dopson invaded a home in Orange County and robbed the occupants at gunpoint. Dopson was charged with multiple counts of armed burglary with a firearm, robbery with a firearm, and false imprisonment. These charges carried a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence with a maximum of life in prison. Things looked grim for Mr. Dopson until Worrell took office. She directed that five of the charges not be prosecuted and withheld action on the remaining counts. As a result, Dopson walked free. Eventually, Dopson served 51 weeks as a juvenile offender and can still legally possess a firearm.
In June 2021, an unnamed minor was arrested for first-degree premeditated murder and attempted first-degree murder. He had previous arrests for burglary, resisting an officer, aggravated battery, and assault with a firearm. Worrell had his premeditated murder charge dropped. In January 2023, he was arrested for grand theft of a motor vehicle, so apparently, nothing came of his attempted murder charge. Again a criminal hit the jackpot when Worrell’s office didn’t prosecute the charge.
Randall Fredericks was charged with 45 counts of possession of child pornography in August 2022. Worrell’s office threw out all but ten counts. Things still looked bad for the home team as each charge carried a maximum of 15 years. When he was sentenced, he got a total of 130 months—nothing to sneeze at, but still a sweetheart deal.
Lathon Yee was charged with attempted murder with a firearm and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm with a firearm. Ordinarily, these offenses were good for a mandatory minimum of 25 years. Worrell’s office amended the charge to attempted manslaughter with a firearm. This carried no mandatory minimum, and Mr. Yee got five years.
Keith Moses murdered a television journalist and a 9-year-old child. He had a lengthy juvenile history of aggravated battery, assault, and grand theft. He was arrested in November 2021 for drug possession. The charges were dropped. He was convicted of first-degree murder, and the state is seeking the death penalty. If he’d been hammered earlier before Worrell and her cronies taught him that bad actions have no consequences, maybe there would have been no murders, and Moses might have something of a mundane life in front of him.
Kaylan Vega pled no contest to possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2021. This carries a mandatory three-year sentence. Worrell allowed Vega to plead guilty to a lesser offense and was given probation. Not long afterward, he was arrested for killing his girlfriend. Worrell decided the case wasn’t good enough to prosecute and released Vega without bail. When she took heat for her action, she released a self-serving, disingenuous press release and took no responsibility.
Worrell’s office has also shown a pattern of not prosecuting drug traffickers. In 2021, Jamie Lynn Fitts was involved in a high-speed chase and arrested with more than 14 grams of methamphetamine in her purse, which is high enough to be charged with drug trafficking and punishable by a minimum three-year sentence. She was allowed to plead down to 48 months of probation. She had prior charges of methamphetamine possession and carrying a concealed firearm.
Jamie Lynn Fitts led police on a dangerous, high-speed chase. She ran for a good reason; she had 14 grams of meth in her purse, carrying a minimum three-year sentence. Despite a previous criminal record for meth possession and a firearms offense, she was allowed to plead to a charge that only had four years probation.
Those are the cases we know about. We don’t know about the day-in-day-out grind of reducing charges or ignoring crimes to put criminals back on the street.
Worrell’s departure was long overdue. It has nothing to do with race or partisan politics and everything to do with a neo-Marxist prosecutor using her office to protect favored classes. At the same time, they were predators in their communities.
Executive Order Suspending Worrell From Office
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