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Judge leading Disney’s DeSantis lawsuit in Florida withdraws from case

Washington, Jun 1 (EFE).- The judge in charge of the lawsuit that entertainment giant The Walt Disney Company filed against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for allegedly carrying out a campaign against the company over ideological reasons, withdrew Thursday from the case.

Magistrate Mark Walker decided to recuse himself since a relative of his owns shares in Disney, according to various United States media.

DeSantis’ own lawyers have previously called for the judge to be removed from the case, citing previous comments that DeSantis believed showed a lack of impartiality.

In his announcement Thursday, Walker said the request by the governor’s lawyers is unfounded. The case will now be supervised by a judge appointed by former president Donald Trump (2017-2021), The Hill reports.

Last month, Disney expanded its lawsuit against DeSantis for claiming to be the victim of a “punishment” campaign against his economic interests and constitutional rights by state authorities.

The company alleges DeSantis launched a retaliatory war in 2022 after the company publicly criticized Florida’s controversial bill, known as “Don’t Say Gay” by critics, which limits discussion of the sexual orientation and identity of gender in school classrooms. EFE


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