Ron DeSantis Gives Pardons To All Floridians Punished For Breaking COVID Rules

Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis announced live on Fox News that he was offering pardons to anyone in his state who is being punished for violating COVID rules saying the clemency applies to “any Floridian that may have outstanding infractions for things like masks and social distancing.”

Mike and Jillian Carnevale, gym owners from Plantation, Florida, were telling Laura Ingraham their story of being repeatedly arrested for not enforcing a mask mandate when Ron made his move. (See Video Below)

Mike Carnevale told Ingraham, “Two months after gyms reopened in South Florida, Broward County came down with a mandate saying that facial coverings had to be worn during strenuous exercise. We filed a lawsuit against Broward County for this; 24 hours after the lawsuit was filed we were arrested.

“We were arrested three times in total; they seized our business; they offered us 10 days in jail. We declined that and now I’m looking at six months in prison. They also arrested Jillian here as well.”

Ingraham asked their attorney, Cory Strolla,  “What are the prospects here of getting any assistance or help?”

Strolla said: “Well, we really at this point have to rely on Governor DeSantis. I hate to put it into his lap and his executive general counsel’s lap, but we’ve got a politically activist judge that originally told Mike and Jillian before I was ever retained that the states was offering a diversion program and the judge said he was going to personally decline it.

“And it was the judge that said the only resolution he would approve is a 10-day jail sentence for Mike and that was before Jillian’s case was transferred in.

“So the way Broward County charged it, Mike is facing actually two second-degree misdemeanors for a total of 120 days in jail and Jillian is facing one for a total of 60 days in jail. All for basically not having people not wear masks while exercising.”

Laura then turned to Ron Desantis who said:

“This is exactly what we ordered against last summer, many, many months ago. And so I was actually just recently briefed on this case, and we looked at it and so I’m glad you had Mike and Jillian on.

“And I’m also glad to be on to be able to say that effective tomorrow morning I’m going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority, so that’ll delay the case for 60 days against both of them.

“And then when our clemency board meets in the coming weeks, we’ll issue pardons not only for Mike and Jillian, but for any Floridian that may have outstanding infractions for things like masks and social distancing.

“The fact is, it’s not even right to be wearing masks when you’re exercising. The World Health Organization advises against it.

“It’s not healthy for people to be doing that in the first place. So it was a bad restriction.

“But these things with health should be advisory; they should not be punitive.

“And so we’re happy to use our constitutional authority. I think they’ve been treated poorly and fortunately they’ve got a governor that cares.”

From The Daily Mail:

Florida, meanwhile, has stood out from many other states when it comes to its hands-off coronavirus rules.  

Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, no two states have been more different in their approaches than California and Florida, for instance.

In early March, California Gov Gavin Newsom limited gatherings, closed bars and indoor dining at restaurants, implemented mask mandates and implored residents to stay at home.

Comparatively, Florida Gov Ron DeSantis has enacted few measures, lifting an ordinance that prevented people from operating businesses and restaurants as well as lifting COVID-19 related fines and penalties in September  

Despite these different approaches, both states ended up with roughly the same outcome. A DailyMail.com analysis showed that as of mid-February, over the preceding two months, the states have each seen cases, deaths and hospitalizations fall by about one-third.

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