Scott Israel’s ‘vigorous’ fight to get job back nears state’s Supreme Court

The legal battle over whether Gov. Ron DeSantis had the right to suspend Scott Israel from his role as Broward Sheriff got a step closer to the Supreme Court this weekend.

On Saturday, Israel’s attorneys filed a request for oral arguments before the state’s highest court. In a separate court filing, they argued that DeSantis went beyond his constitutional authority when he “imposed his will on the people of Broward County to decide who should be the Sheriff of Broward County.”

DeSantis has blasted Israel for not accepting his fate, saying the former sheriff “continues to live in denial.”

The governor suspended Israel on Jan. 11 shortly after taking office, citing neglect of duty and incompetence in the wake of last year’s Parkland shooting. The Valentine’s Day 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 dead and another 17 injured.

Israel filed suit in March accusing DeSantis of overstepping his legal authority when he ousted him from office.

When Israel won re-election in 2016, he captured more than 70 percent of the vote.

“Let’s understand the suspension for what it really is, a massive political power grab, by the governor, to subvert the will of our Broward County voters,” Israel said after he was removed from office.

The case is heading straight to the state’s highest court after an appellate court certified the case as a matter of great public importance.

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