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House to intervene in Supreme Court case between Rick Scott and state attorney

Aramis Ayala

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Aramis Ayala

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April

The Florida House is stepping into the legal battle between Gov. Rick Scott and Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala over the death penalty.

Last week, the House's lawyers asked for permission to file a brief with the Florida Supreme Court in support of Scott, who transferred 23 death penalty cases to another state attorney after Ayala said she would not seek the death penalty in Orange and Osceola counties. Ayala has asked the court to tell Scott he is acting outside his constitutional powers to reassign cases and give them back to her office.

The court on Monday gave the House permission to file its brief.

It "would address the exclusive role assigned by the Constitution to the Legislature in the setting of public policy for the State and the ill effects that flow from the refusal of a state officer or agent to enforce a duly enacted legislative policy based on his or her disagreement with the rectitude or efficacy of that policy."

Republicans in the chamber -- including Speaker Richard Corcoran, who called for Scott to suspend Ayala from office -- have been highly critical of Ayala from the beginning.

They and Republican senators are pushing to cut more than $1 million and 23 positions from Ayala's office.

[Last modified: Monday, April 17, 2017 10:45am]

    

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