Suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel takes his fight to court

Determined to get his job back, suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel went to court Monday to convince a judge that Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority when he removed Israel from office in January.

Monday’s hearing was the first in Israel’s lawsuit against the governor, and it was significant: DeSantis is asking Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes to dismiss Israel’s lawsuit — if the judge agrees, Israel won’t get his job back until and unless voters put him back in office in 2020.

Israel lost his job days after DeSantis took office. The new governor made removing Israel a campaign promise after the sheriff’s leadership was criticized following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

DeSantis appointed Gregory Tony, a former sergeant with the Coral Springs Police Department, to serve the remainder of Israel’s term, which runs through 2020.

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