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Florida Gov. Scott takes away 21 more murder cases from anti-death-penalty prosecutor

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Good move Governor Scott!  You can bet that the liberal Supreme Court Justices up north in the D.C. Swamp are foaming at the mouth hoping that somehow, some way, the case will make it to them!

Now for voters in Orlando…Get rid of her!

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Florida’s Republican governor on Monday took 21 more first-degree murder cases away from a Democratic prosecutor who has said she will no longer seek the death penalty.

Gov. Rick Scott gave the cases being handled by Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala to neighboring judicial circuit State Attorney Brad King.

Ayala has come under fire recently after announcing she wouldn’t seek the death penalty against Markeith Loyd or any other defendant. Loyd is charged with killing an Orlando police lieutenant and his pregnant ex-girlfriend earlier this year. Scott took the Loyd case away from Ayala last month and reassigned it to King.

“If you look at these cases they are horrendous cases,” Scott told The Associated Press. “And so I’m going to continue to think about the families and that’s how I made my decision today.”

In a statement, Scott added that “Ayala’s complete refusal to consider capital punishment for the entirety of her term sends an unacceptable message that she is not interested in considering every available option in the fight for justice.”

Ayala’s spokeswoman said Scott never notified her office about his order and that the prosecutor instead learned about it through the news media.

“Ms. Ayala remains steadfast in her position the Governor is abusing his authority and has compromised the independence and integrity of the criminal justice system,” said Eryka Washington.

Ayala has said she plans to ask the Supreme Court to overturn the governor’s action stripping her of the Loyd case.

Ayala’s decision to no longer seek the death penalty for defendants has stirred strong opinions. Civil rights groups and faith groups have praised her, while many Republicans lawmakers and law enforcement have criticized her.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said regardless of her position on the death penalty, Ayala needs to follow the law.

“Whenever decisions are made regarding the prosecution of individuals, the prosecutor must take into consideration the will and the desire of the victim’s survivors,” he said.

Democratic state Rep. Sean Shaw of Tampa called Scott’s actions a “gross abuse of his power.”

“The governor is attempting to set dangerous precedent that would destroy the idea of independence for state attorneys throughout Florida who must now fear political retribution by the state’s most powerful politician if they make a decision he disagrees with,” Shaw said in a news release.

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  1. Angus Rangus April 4, 2017 at 7:01 am -  Reply

    FLORIDA DEATH ROW:
    Total White Males . . . 214
    Total Black Males . . . 143
    Total Other Males . . . 10
    Total White Females . . 1
    Total Black Females . . 2
    Total Other Females . . 1

    4/4/2017 Total 371

    INDEED… GOV Rick Scott has ordered the court sentenced execution of triple his recent predecessors…

    BUT… we got heinous murderers dating back to 1967… just dying of old age!!

    Doing even 8 a year simply does not reduce our count!!

    I’ve offered an NRA Good condition 12 gauge double barrel… and 900 “00” buck…

    … suggesting economics and certainty mean locking down in a vise 20 ” from eyeballs for 20 minutes…
    … to produce a semblance of ‘brown stain’ remorse…
    … before allowing victim family or our $150 ‘anonymous paid volunteer’ to pull the lanyard…
    … both barrels should take off the skull cap and provide instant HUMANE death…
    … that none making Florida Death Row ever did for any of their victims!!

    SIMPLY… all of Abe Lincolns assasins were hung until very, very, very, very dead within 90 days of their heinous act…
    … WHY can we not improve on that justice with today’s technology ??

  2. Old Jim April 4, 2017 at 7:07 am -  Reply

    Suggesting we finish sentences on 300 by July 4th… the remainder by Christmas… does not go over that well in local daily papers… or Facebook!

    Few of our states – RED or BLEU – actually are completing the court ordered Death Sentences issued…

    … perhaps SCOTUS stopping executions all those years in the Sixties & Seventies put the Death Sentence on Death Sentences??

    In Florida… our rabidly progressive liberal loon Commie Supremes… rarely miss a beat expressing their ‘feelings’…
    … we expect they will find GOV Rick Scott ‘exceeded his executive authority’… that he so clearly used properly in removing from Capital Cases… an avowed Anti-Capital Case Death Penalty Indictment??

  3. uniwersity of barsoom at helium grad April 4, 2017 at 7:11 am -  Reply

    BUT…

    … since you don’t actually execute DEATH ROW inmates hardly at all…

    … HOW can you know whether it is a ‘deterrent’??

    D U P L I C I T O U S . . . LUDICROUS MAXIMOUS!!

    The same Sheeple Commie Zombies so against taking an eye for an eye…

    … don’t blanche killing millions of unborn babies every year…

    … and the DNC official policy is to withhold medical care for those borne alive who survived their ‘late term’ slaughters??

    … AND fully support Amsterdam’s Mobile Euthanasia Vans… assisting families there of getting granny out of the way before they spend their inheritance??

  4. Old Jim April 4, 2017 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    EVERY serious citizen should review FL Death Row listing online…

    Speedy Trial . . . back in the 70’s, the sentence was issued within they year of the heinous murder(s)… 6 months was your ‘right’ .

    By the 80’s… Capital Cases began taking a couple years…

    NOW… Capital Cases must await a GOV ordering a change of Prosecutor for ‘misconduct’ of issuing public statements they will not enforce existing laws??

    Curiously, the first three Death Row Inmates have errors in data… “date received” is off by decades of the ‘date of crime’ and ‘date sentenced’…
    … I wanted to email, BUT was warned it would become public document – and no address was offered.

    SO, I’ll write my GOV Rick Scott to see IF his aide can contact to correct the public information so easily edited for correctness of 374 Death Row Inmates…
    … by any High School NewsSheet Editor??

    GOVT… why would any believe it capable of carrying a piss pail across to the outhouse??

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