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DeSantis Suspends FL prosecutor for refusing to follow abortion, sex change for minors laws

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Florida’s Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren is facing consequences for refusing to follow a number of state laws. Warren “pledged not to enforce a number of state laws including a 15-week abortion ban and prohibitions on sex changes for minors.”

As a result, Warren faces suspension by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. “Today we are suspending state attorney Andrew Warren effective immediately,” DeSantis declared.

National Review reports that Warren was one of 83 prosecutors nationwide who in the wake of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade signed a letter promising not to prosecute those who perform, abet, or seek abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

“This 15-week ban is an unconstitutional law. The Legislature is hoping courts ignore the Florida constitution. But I’m upholding the law and protecting the fundamental rights of all Floridians,” Warren said in a statement provided to the Tampa Bay Times.

Governor DeSantis issued a press release  arguing the governor has the authority to suspend a state officer under Article IV, Section 7 of the Florida Constitution.

“We are not going to allow this pathogen of ignoring the law get a foothold here in the state of Florida. We are going to make sure our laws are enforced and that no individual prosecutor puts themselves above the law,” DeSantis said. “To take the position that you have veto power over the laws of this state is untenable.”

DeSantis was defiant about the decision, noting that of some of the other problematic prosecutors in the state, “Warren was the only one signing letters basically saying ‘to hell with the people of Florida.” Warren was the only signee of the “Joint Statement from Elected Prosecutors” from Florida. He has touted himself as a criminal-justice reformer seeking to end “tough-on-crime” policies.

As for Warren’s vow to flout child gender-transition restrictions, the governor pointed out the absurdity of allowing children to undergo surgeries and hormone treatments that will permanently alter their bodies when those children can’t legally get tattooed.

“A 12 year old boy can’t go in and get a tattoo but we have laws that say you can get a sex change operation,” he said.

“They use euphemisms, but they’re literally chopping off the private parts of young kids and that’s wrong,” he said.

While he “doesn’t agree with every Florida law on the book and sometimes vetoes legislation,” DeSantis affirmed that “that’s just the way the system works.”

 

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Stormy Daniels lawyer in Trump trial, Michael Avenatti, sentenced to prison for stealing millions from clients

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Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against former President Donald Trump was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Avenatti was sentenced for stealing millions of dollars from his clients. He was also fined a whopping $10 million.

U.S. District Judge James v. Selna said “Avenatti’s sentence in Southern California will be served after he finishes a five-year term for separate convictions in New York” reported the Associated Press.

“This was the last of three major federal criminal cases to wrap up against the 51-year-old Californian. Avenatti is currently serving prison time for stealing book proceeds from Daniels — who sued to break a confidentiality agreement with Trump to stay mum about an affair she said they had — and for trying to extort Nike if the shoemaker didn’t pay him up to $25 million” adds the AP.

Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., used the news of Avenatti’s conviction to bring up an old Tweet of his. On October 11 2018, Avenatti predicted Trump Jr. would be going to prison: “Donald Trump Jr. will be indicted before his birthday on 12-31-18. If you doubt my prediction, please check my record over the last 7 months. #winning.”

Trump Jr. is getting the last laugh. Jr. tweeted Avenatti’s 2018 prediction with the Associated Press headline of the conviction: “BREAKING: Incarcerated lawyer Michael Avenatti sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for cheating clients out of millions of dollars – AP.”

Earlier this year Avenatti plead guilty to “four counts of wire fraud and a tax-related charge despite not reaching a plea deal with federal prosecutors, saying he wanted to be accountable and spare his family further embarrassment” added the AP.

“He was accused of negotiating and collecting settlement payments on behalf of his clients and funneling the money to accounts he controlled, and spending it on his own lavish lifestyle, including a private jet.”

The Associated Press  also went into further detail on Avenatti’s court hearing:

“Despite the significant advantages that this defendant had — a first-rate education, a thriving legal career — he chose to commit the deplorable acts in this case time and time again,” prosecutor Brett Sagel told the court in Santa Ana. “The defendant is just another criminal who thinks the law is something that applies to other people.”

His voice breaking, Avenatti apologized to the clients he bilked, including two who told the court about how losing the money and their trust in someone they thought had their back upended their lives.

“I am deeply remorseful and contrite,” Avenatti said. “There is no doubt that all of them deserve much better, and I hope that someday they will accept my apologies and find it in their heart to forgive me.”

Authorities in California said Avenatti carried out what amounted to a “sophisticated Ponzi scheme” by collecting settlement payments on behalf of vulnerable clients and using the money to fund his exorbitant lifestyle.

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