Federal Judge Set to Preside Over DeSantis and Disney Lawsuit Makes Major Move
By Fox News // June 2, 2023
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ABOVE VIDEO: Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis says ‘the chance of us backing down’ from the state of Florida’s dispute with Disney ‘is zero’
(FOX NEWS) – A federal judge slated to preside over the lawsuit involving Disney and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is stepping aside.
U.S. Chief District Judge Mark Walker decided to remove himself from the high-profile case after attorneys for the state pushed to disqualify him based on comments he made in court about the ongoing dispute between DeSantis and the entertainment giant, Politico reported.
“Even though I believe it is highly unlikely that these proceedings will have a substantial effect on The Walt Disney Company, I choose to err on the side of caution — which, here, is also the side of judicial integrity — and disqualify myself,” Walker wrote in a 14-page order. “Maintaining public trust in the judiciary is paramount, perhaps now more than ever in the history of our Republic.”
DeSantis has made his battle with Disney part of his political brand as he gears up for his 2024 presidential campaign.
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