State Attorney Ayala Says Governor’s Move To Reassign 21 First-Degree Murder Cases ‘Abuse of Power’

By  //  April 4, 2017

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ABOVE VIDEO: Gov. Rick Scott has issued executive orders Monday to reassign 21 first-degree murder cases in State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s district to State Attorney Brad King.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (WFTV) – Gov. Rick Scott has issued executive orders Monday to reassign 21 first-degree murder cases in State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s district to State Attorney Brad King.

The move comes weeks after Ayala’s announcement that she will not seek the death penalty while she’s in office.

Scott’s office said the orders were “in the interest of justice.”

“Each of these cases I am reassigning represents a horrific loss of life. The families who tragically lost someone deserve a state attorney who will take the time to review every individual fact and circumstance before making such an impactful decision,” Scott said.

Ayala’s office said it was unaware of Scott’s decision to reassign the cases until it heard about it from reporters Monday.

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