Orlando, FL - State Attorney Aramis Ayala has filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Rick Scott for removing her from 23 death penalty cases in her jurisdiction, including the case of cop-killer Markeith Loyd.
According to News 965, the lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, April 11. In the lawsuit, Aramis Ayala claimed Governor Scott "usurped" her 'authority as an elected official by removing her from the cases' “simply because he disagreed with her reasoned prosecutorial determination not to seek the death penalty under current circumstances.”
The issue began when Aramis Ayala announced on March 16 that she would not seek the death penalty against Markeith Loyd, who murdered Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton and his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon. As part of that announcement, she said that she would not seek the death penalty in any case that was prosecuted by her office.
Despite outrage from family members and the public, she refused to remove herself from the Markeith Loyd case. Governor Scott then issued an executive order removing her from the Markeith Loyd case. And on April 3, he issued 22 executive orders removing her from the remaining 22 death penalty cases in her jurisdiction.
The State Attorney said in her lawsuit that the law allows her to seek the death penalty in certain circumstances, which she did not name, but did not require her to in any circumstance.
Many members of the law enforcement community, elected officials, and members of the public have expressed their outrage over Aramis Ayala's determination to ignore her victims and the law, and put her personal beliefs ahead of her job in the Markeith Loyd case.
Her lawsuit seeks to have her re-appointed in the Markeith Loyd case and the other 22 cases from which she has been removed.
It seems that this prosecutor will stop at nothing to defend the most evil criminals society. Governor Scott should use any means available to remove her. He has the best interests of the victims at heart.