As everyone waits to see what Warren’s first legal move will be, a respected constitutional lawyer is now weighing in.
Bruce Rogow is a first amendment and constitutional lawyer in Florida. He has argued 11 cases before the U.S. Supreme court. He recently defended Roger Stone in his federal case. He says what happened to Warren is unprecedented and an attack on the voters of Hillsborough County.
"It has been hijacked! You vote, your person is elected, and then the governor comes in and in effect dis-elects him that’s pretty extraordinary," explained Rogow.
Rogow says Warren can look for relief in either state or federal court. He can also have a senate trial.
"He can make an argument that he’s being removed for exercising his first amendment rights to speak his mind," Rogow stated.
Although he does acknowledge Warren may have the deck stacked against him in a senate trial, considering the Republican majority may uphold the governor’s decision.
Last Thursday, the governor dropped a bombshell when he fired Warren accusing him of neglect of duty and not following the law. It stems from Warren's pledge not to criminalize minors seeking a sex change operation. Which is not a current law in the state.
Andrew Warren's name on pledge to not prosecute those seeking an abortion.
Warren also vowed not to prosecute those seeking abortions. Ninety state attorneys across the county made the same pledge. However, no case had come to Warren’s desk before he was removed.
Rogow says that will help his legal battle. He believes Warren has a strong case.
"He hasn't done anything that merits this kind of removal," he explained.
Asked whether he believes Warren will get his job back, Rogow didn't hesitate to answer.
"I think his chances are good. I think as this plays out, Warren will be reinstated as state attorney. If anything, he will gain traction and respect having suffered this indignity by the governor," stated Rogow.