Judge Dismisses Lawsuit By Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel
By Fox 35 // April 4, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (FOX 35) – A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Florida sheriff whom Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended after accusing him of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting.
Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes ruled that DeSantis’ executive order removing Scott Israel from his position as Broward County sheriff was consistent with the Florida Constitution.
The judge didn’t assess the merits of the specific allegations against Israel.
DeSantis, who suspended Israel from his elected position in January and appointed an acting sheriff, accused Israel of neglect of duty and incompetence.
The governor has said Israel displayed poor leadership and failed to keep families and children safe before and during the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.
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