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Roy Austin, attorney for ninth judicial state prosecutor Aramis Ayala speaks to reporters after oral arguments at the Florida Supreme Court. Photo: Renata Sago.
Central Florida News

Ayala’s Office Operating With $1.3M Budget Cut In Rift Over Death Penalty


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.
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State Attorney Aramis Ayala. Photo: Renata Sago WMFE.
Intersection

Intersection: State Attorney Aramis Ayala Faces Budget Cuts


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.
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Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration./ Photo: File, WMFE
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Racist Threats Toward State Attorney Aramis Ayala


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 …
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