State high court to rule in pros­e­cu­tor fight

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE | Gov. Rick Scott and a Florida pros­e­cu­tor who re­fuses to seek the death penalty will square off against each other be­fore the state’s high court.

The Florida Supreme Court on Tues­day or­dered a June 28 hear­ing so jus­tices can ques­tion at­tor­neys rep­re­sent­ing the Re­pub­li­can gov­er­nor and State At­tor­ney Aramis Ayala.

The Or­lando pros­e­cu­tor is fight­ing Mr. Scott’s or­ders to trans­fer al­most two dozen cases af­ter she said her of­fice wouldn’t pur­sue the death penalty. Ms. Ayala has said the process is costly and it drags on for the vic­tims’ rel­a­tives.

Ms. Ayala an­nounced her de­ci­sion in March as her of­fice was start­ing to build a case against Markeith Loyd in the fa­tal shoot­ings of an Or­lando Po­lice lieu­tenant, and his preg­nant ex-girl­friend.

Mr. Scott re­as­signed the cases to a pros­e­cu­tor in a neigh­bor­ing district.

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