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Governor Reassigns 27th Case From State Attorney Aramis Ayala

August 18th, 2017 by Jake Stofan

 

Governor Rick Scott has once again reassigned a case from Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala citing her opposition to the death penalty as the reason.

The latest case is that of Everett Glenn Miller.

Miller is accused of murdering two Kissimmee police officers during a routine traffic stop Friday night. The case falls under the jurisdiction of State Attorney Aramis Ayala who announced in March she would not seek the death penalty in any case. Ayala believes Florida’s death penalty laws are unconstitutional.

Governor Scott has since removed 27 cases from Ayala’s jurisdiction and handed them over to State Attorney Brad King.

Ayala has sued Governor Scott in the Florida Supreme Court claiming he over stepped his authority by interfering with the will of a publicly elected official.

 

“By taking 24 cases away from State Attorney Aramis Ayala Governor Scott violated the constitution and the law,” Ayala’s lawyer Roy Austin Jr. said in court earlier this month.

The Governor’s attorneys argue the Governor has the authority to transfer cases in the interest of justice.

 

“If petitioner’s policy is allowed to stand we’re going to have a situation where you have law free zones with respect to some statues in some parts of the state,” said Soliciter General Amit Agarwal.

In a statement, Governor Scott justified his decision in the most recent transfer by saying, “In Florida we have zero tolerance for violence and those who attack law enforcement.”

The Florida Police Chiefs Association agrees.

The organization says death needs to be on the table when a cop is killed.

 

“We appreciate the support that they give to law enforcement. We also believe that every option should be on the table when trying to work through the justice system with a cop killer,” said Amy Mercer, the Executive Director of the Association.

There is no time table for the Supreme Court to Release it’s decision.

The Court its normal opinion releases on August 31st.

We reached out to Aramis Ayala’s office for comment on this story, did not receive a response in time.

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