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Intersection: The Executive Power Of The Governor


Orange and Osceola County State Attorney Aramis Ayala says Governor Rick Scott has gone too far. The governor has reassigned 22 cases away from Ayala after she said she would not seek the death penalty. Meanwhile some lawmakers say Governor Scott hasn’t gone far enough- they want her removed from office. UCF political science professor Aubrey Jewett joins us to talk about the governor’s executive power, and its limits.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

State Attorney Aramis Ayala Igniting Criticism


Herman Lindsey can tell you what it’s like to wait for a turn with death. He was put on Florida’s death row in 2007, after being convicted of the murder of a store clerk who was fatally shot during a Fort Lauderdale robbery in 1994. As he fought to prove his innocence, other men were taken into the white execution room and injected with a fatal cocktail of drugs. And then one day, Lindsey was free. After fighting his case all the way to the Florida Supreme Court, all seven justices agreed the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction, much less a death sentence. Lindsey says he felt ignored by lawmakers in his fight to abolish the death penalty …
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