ORLANDO, Fla. — Suspended Orange-Osceola state attorney Monique Worrell gave an update Wednesday on her legal fight to get reinstated.
Worrell has asked Florida’s Supreme Court to find the governor’s actions unconstitutional.
Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended her citing neglect of duty.
Worrell also criticized State Attorney Andrew Bain’s first 100 days in office.
Worrell first argued that very little has changed since Bain took office.
She pointed out that her administration started adult civil citation programs and some of the community engagement programs that Bain has expanded on,
She also pointed out data on conviction rates.
Worrell came under fire for her plea deals and dropped cases.
She said that her felony conviction rate from January to March was 90% and Bain’s rate from August to October was 71%.
She argues in reality, those conviction rates have not changed and that the community is just as safe as when she was in office.
However, she fiercely criticized Bains decision to send officer-involved shooting cases to a grand jury, saying this is not what the people want.
“My administration considered this position and decided against this practice for very important reasons,” Wottell said. “One, I ran on a platform of transparency and grand jury proceedings are anything but transparent.”
Worrell argues that the people elected her for her promise of transparency.
See a replay of the press conference below:
She says she hopes the Florida Supreme Court will side with her when oral arguments are heard on Dec. 6.
At this point, both her and Bain have said they will run for reelection.
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