U.S. judge skeptical of elected prosecutor’s suspension by DeSantis but declines to reinstate now

Andrew Warren addresses news reporters following a Sept. 19, 2022, hearing in his bid for reinstatement as state’s attorney for Hillsborough County. Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him on Aug. 4, 2022. Credit: Michael Moline

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A federal judge refused on Monday to reinstate Andrew Warren as state’s attorney for Hillsborough County, saying he first wants to fast-track a trial to better establish the motivation behind Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of the elected prosecutor.

That sets up the prospect that the governor could be called to the stand to explain himself — and whether he acted from partisan

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