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• A $1.3 million budget cut to the Orange and Osceola state attorney’s office took effect this month. It’s the latest move in a legal rift between state attorney Aramis Ayala and Florida Governor Rick Scott over the death penalty. The money was originally appropriated as special funding to combat human trafficking and domestic violence. Victims’ rights advocates are concerned. Read More »
• More than $1 Million was cut from the Orange and Osceola County State Attorney’s office budget after prosecutor Aramis Ayala announced she would not seek the death penalty. 90.7’s Renata Sago joins Intersection to talk about what the budget cuts mean to the state attorney’s office, along with Republican state representative Scott Plakon. Read More »
• The closely watched dispute between Orange-Osceola state attorney Aramis Ayala and Governor Rick Scott over the death penalty made its way to the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday. Justices will now interpret whether it was legal for Scott to reassign two dozen murder cases from Ayala to another prosecutor. Read More »
• Aside from debating life and death, the conversation around Florida’s death penalty has some racist undertones, as evidenced this week after Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala said a noose was mailed to her office. Ayala made the remarks during a radio interview on WHPB 98.5 The Wire, a station based in the Pine Hills area. Host Paul Porter had asked Ayala about the threats she received after announcing in March that she wouldn’t seek the death penalty for capital cases, including the case of murder suspect Markeith Loyd. Since Ayala announced her decision, she was removed from the Loyd case and 22 more first-degree murder cases by Gov. Rick Scott, who said she “won’t fight for justice.” Ayala has filed … Read More »
• Jury selection began Monday morning in the first death penalty murder trial in Orange County since ninth circuit state attorney Aramis Ayala said she would not pursue that punishment. 29-year-old Juan Rosario faces execution for arson and first degree murder in the death of his 83-year-old neighbor Elena Ortega. Read More »
• National and state civil rights groups filed paperwork Thursday supporting Orange and Osceola state attorney Aramis Ayala’s federal lawsuit against Governor Rick Scott. In an amicus brief the eight groups said Scott overstepped his bounds by reassigning 23 of Ayala’s cases to another prosecutor. Read More »