Governor Ron DeSantis suspends State Attorney Monique Worrell for neglect of duty and incompetence

Press release from the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the suspension of State Attorney Monique Worrell of the 9th Judicial Circuit for neglecting her duty to faithfully prosecute crime in her jurisdiction. Worrell’s practices and policies have too often allowed violent criminals to escape the full consequences of their criminal conduct, thereby endangering the innocent civilians of Orange and Osceola counties. The Governor has the authority to suspend a state officer under Article IV, Section 7 of the Florida Constitution. The Governor has appointed former judge Andrew Bain to serve as State Attorney for the duration of the suspension. To view the Executive Order suspending Monique Worrell and appointing Andrew Bain, click here.

“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.” 

“We are fortunate to have a Governor committed to the rule of law and holding officials — especially those elected to protect the public — accountable for not doing the jobs they swore an oath to do,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody. “Ms. Worrell abdicated her responsibility as the circuit’s top prosecutor, and her actions undermine the safety and security of our state and Floridians.”

Andrew Bain has most recently served as an Orange County judge in the 9th Judicial Circuit. He previously served as Assistant State Attorney in the 9th Circuit under State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton. He received his law degree from Florida A&M University College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.

  • Maybe Judge Green needs a petition started to allow voters to point out to Governor Desantis that he is not sentencing appropriate violent criminals with prior violent felony convictions. Things can change pretty quick if these judges realize they can be fired for negligence.

  • The same thing is slowly occurring here. Light bail, light sentencing, and over abundance of dropping or reducing crimes is already affecting Alachua County. Law Enforcement is under staffed and stretched too thin. The 911 system is in shambles due to under staffing and mismanagement. There are 911 calls going unanswered and police are not responding. Yet the Gainesville, another Alachua County commissioners keep saying “remain calm, all is well.” People are now being put into situations where they need to exercise their Constitutional rights and protect themselves since the city and county ostriches keep burying their heads in the sand.

  • Please focus on other DA districts, too Gov. And judges.
    We don’t want to turn into a Blue hellhole.

  • Sure hope he will look at low bail green and let him explain some of his low and no bail decisions

  • Probably has one of many court cases coming up in her area and needed to put one of his hand picked judges in her place to win fair and square.

  • When Desantis leaves FL, you guys think Sheriff Grady Judd could be convinced to run for governor?

  • Very first name (locally) that comes to mind when reading this: Walter Green. He’s a judge (not a state attorney) but other than that he’s our version of Monique Worrell.
    Wish he’d be on the Gov’s radar

  • Thank you Governor. We don’t need woke State Attorneys. Probably a Soros

  • Ya get what ya vote for. Ole Walter was put in office by his loving constituents so as when Pookie & Rae-Rae get popped for armed robbery, (fourth time) de ole judge will let em out ROR no monitor.

  • The Polk County Sheriff should have to explain why the violent crime rate in his county (Polk) went up from 2020 to 2021, while Orange county’s went down and Osceola’s stayed even. Given the DA was elected with 67% of the vote, she’s more popular with her citizens than Fat-and-Short Ron.


    This is unprecedented partisan BS from a Hitler wanna be acting on propaganda and thin data. No doubt his ignorant admirers will eat this up as being tough on crime, when it is just being tough on Democrats and using his office for partisan advancement. In fact, he charged his staff with exploring all the levers available to him for this sort of anti-democratic when he 1st took office in 2019. Since then he has acted as no other Florida Governor in recent history. The legacy will be precedents for partisan nonsense like this for other governors to follow. This creep is ruining the state.

    • PS The Polk County Sheriff is not in DA Worrell’s district, so why is he on the stage for this stupid dog and pony show? Go back to Lakeland and do something about the rising crime in your own county.

  • This is fantastic news. I wish that these soft-on-crime DAs would all face criminal charges for their willful negligence and betrayal of the public trust. Their actions have directly led to harm and even the death of innocent people when these criminals are just released back into the streets.

    The actions of these “Soros-style’ / soft-on-crime / “progressive” DAs nationwide has led to nothing but a rampant increase in crime. Innocent, law-abiding people are the victims of this failed experiment.

    • Speaking of the deaths of innocent people, when does the Governor and his surgeon general get arrested for causing the unnecessary deaths from covid of anti-vaxxers they encouraged, and the surgeon general by purposefully falsifying a “study” he issued on vaccines.

      “The Steep Cost of Ron DeSantis’s Vaccine Turnabout
      Once a vaccine advocate, the Florida governor lost his enthusiasm for the shot before the Delta wave sent Covid hospitalizations and deaths soaring. It’s a grim chapter he now leaves out of his rosy retelling of his pandemic response.”


      • PS From that article:

        “…Floridians died at a higher rate, adjusted for age, than residents of almost any other state during the Delta wave, according to the Times analysis. With less than 7 percent of the nation’s population, Florida accounted for 14 percent of deaths between the start of July and the end of October.

        Of the 23,000 Floridians who died, 9,000 were younger than 65……A high vaccination rate was especially important in Florida, which trails only Maine in the share of residents 65 and older. By the end of July, Florida had vaccinated about 60 percent of adults, just shy of the national average. Had it reached a vaccination rate of 74 percent — the average for five New England states at the time — it could have prevented more than 16,000 deaths and more than 61,000 hospitalizations that summer, according to a study published in the medical journal The Lancet…”

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