Gov. Rick Scott wins legal battle against State Attorney Aramis Ayala

State Attorney Aramis Ayala Responds To The Supreme Court Decision

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala says she will comply with a state Supreme Court decision and seek the death penalty in future cases if it is unanimously recommended by a panel of her assistant prosecutors.

Eyewitness News put together 9 Facts to know about this ongoing case.

Ayala said in March that she would not pursue capital punishment for any cases during her time in office.

The cases Scott reassigned included that of Loyd, who allegedly murdered his pregnant ex-girlfriend and Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton; Everett Glenn Miller, accused of killing two Kissimmee police officers; and Callene Marcia Barton and Lakesha Chantell Lewis, two women accused of killing 3-year-old Xavier Mokarzel-Satchel.

Scott rejected Ayala's proposal early Thursday evening, saying her proposal for a panel inside her office "leaves too much room for interpretation", according to a statement from the governor's spokesman, John Tupps.

The governor's office issued a statement, calling Ayala's decision "shortsighted" and the Supreme Court ruling "a great victory".

Thursday's Supreme Court opinion sided with Scott by a count of 5-2.

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The Supreme Court of Florida ruled today that a case-specific determination must be made on first degree murder cases.

"With implementation of this panel, it is my expectation that going forward all first-degree murder cases that occur in my jurisdiction will remain in my office and be evaluated and prosecuted accordingly", Ayala said in a statement.

The court on Thursday upheld Gov. Rick Scott's orders reassigning capital cases from Ayala to another state attorney.

Scott said panel or no, Ayala has to enforce the law. Placing more power with the governor may open the door to future meddling with criminal cases, he said.

Governor Scott has not claimed that any of these grounds for exercising his constitutional removal authority applies in this case. State Attorney Ayala needs to make it clear that her office will seek the death penalty as outlined in Florida law, when appropriate. "... Ayala's blanket refusal to seek the death penalty in any eligible case, including a case that "absolutely deserve (s) (the) death penalty" does not reflect an exercise of prosecutorial discretion; it embodies, at best, a misunderstanding of Florida law". Justices Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince dissented. Until directed to do otherwise by the Governor, we will continue to prosecute the case that have been assigned, or that may be assigned, to us. Ayala responded by filing the suit decided Thursday.

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office represented Scott before the court. That's why I've used my executive authority to reassign almost 30 cases to State Attorney Brad King.

In March, Ayala said the process of executing a murderer is costly, isn't a crime deterrent and drags on for years for the victims' relatives.

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