DA Deborah Gonzalez’s Statement on Lawsuit Filed Against Her

District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez says a recent lawsuit targeting her office is part of a broader campaign targeting DAs around the state and nation. The suit claims Gonzalez is not fulfilling the requirements of her office due to a shortage of prosecutors and a lack of cases being prosecuted. Athens business owner Jarrod Miller filed the measure.

DA Gonzalez’s Statement on Application of Writ of Mandamus Filed Against Her

This attack on my office is part of a broader, politically-motivated campaign to undermine prosecutors who have been elected by their communities to pursue smart justice that moves away from the failed “tough on crime” strategies of the past.

These attacks, in the form of power-stripping removal petitions and impeachments, among other things, are happening in Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and Georgia to name a few. They have nothing to do with making our communities safer and everything to do with deflecting attention away from our refusal to seriously address the causes of crime.

My community elected me based on my promise to fight for a safer and more just future. I will always strive to be better in implementing new approaches, and I am proud of the work our office does every day, fighting for victims and a more just legal system.

I will continue to hold myself accountable to my community and resist efforts to strip them of the leadership they have duly elected to carry out this job.

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Why I’m fighting Gov. DeSantis in court to get back my job as Hillsborough state attorney

For the first time in years, I will walk into a courthouse Monday not as a prosecutor working to keep our community safe. Instead, I will be trying to get back to doing the important work Hillsborough County voters twice elected me to do as state attorney.

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Since Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended me without warning or legitimate cause last month and I was escorted out of the State Attorney’s Office in Tampa, I have been fighting to return to work serving all the people of Hillsborough County. The governor is trying to take away my job for doing my job, and he is abusing his authority as he attempts to overturn the will of the voters.

It will be strange to stand in federal court in Tallahassee as plaintiff, not prosecutor. After growing up in Gainesville, I cut my teeth prosecuting street crime in Washington, DC For years, I had the privilege of representing the United States, prosecuting major fraud cases all over the country.

After returning to Florida, I chose to run for state attorney because I saw ways to improve our criminal justice system in Hillsborough County and around the state. We have focused on going after the most serious offenders—the violent criminals and repeat offenders who keep me awake at night as a father of two little girls. We also have found innovative ways to invest in safety through rehabilitation and prevention programs, which reduce crime in the long run.

I was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2020 because the people of Hillsborough County share my vision for criminal justice, trust my judgment and have seen our success. Hillsborough’s crime rate is the lowest in the Tampa Bay region. I swore to uphold the Constitution, and that’s exactly what I

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