Over the last several weeks, a heated conflict has erupted between a Central Florida State Attorney and the Florida Governor, all stemming from the as-yet-to-begin prosecution of Markeith Loyd, accused of slaughtering his pregnant ex-girlfriend as well as an Orlando police officer. After Loyd was arrested in January, State Attorney Aramis Ayala stated that she was considering the death penalty, but had not made a decision in lieu of unresolved statutes from the State Legislature. Then, on March 16, after stating publicly that she would not seek the death penalty–against Loyd or anyone else–Governor Scott proceeded to remove her from several high profile cases, fueling the ire of many who argued that both Ayala and Scott are elected officials not subject to personal objections.
Last Tuesday, Ayala filed suit against Governor Scott for failing to allow her to do the job she was elected to do in a manner that she believes legally appropriate. Her own attorney, Roy Austin, had this to say:
All State Attorney Ayala wants is the ability to seek justice for her community in the best way that she knows based on facts and data. We are asking the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court in Orlando to ensure the integrity and independence of the justice system as both federal and state law require.
Governor Scott had a full day on Tuesday, dealing not only with the Ayala suit, but the ongoing state of emergency with excessive wildfires and brush fires putting property and people at risk.
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