Gov. DeSantis appoints Ashley Moody staffer to bench after Hillsborough state attorney shuffle

The Andrew Warren firing and replacement left a vacancy on the court.

Gob. Ron DeSantis is filling a vacancy on the Hillsborough County Court created by the Governor elevating a judge to State Attorney.

DeSantis selected Judge Susan Lopez to fill 13th Circuit State Attorney Andrew Warren’s shoes after he suspended Warren for a flurry of complaints about Warren’s policies that led to a lengthy court battle.

Now, DeSantis is tapping Richard Martin to fill Lopez’s vacancy.

Martin served as Chief of Staff to Attorney General Ashley Moody since 2020. Before that, he served as General Counsel to the Office of

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