Prosecutor will no Longer Seek Death Penalty in Cases

As reported by the Associated Press today, State Attorney and top Orlando prosecutor Aramis Ayala will no longer seek the death penalty in capital murder crimes. Ayala said, “I have given this issue extensive, painstaking thought and consideration. What has become abundantly clear through this process is that while I do have discretion to pursue death sentences, I have determined that doing so is not in the best interests of this community or in the best interests of justice.” It was not understood from her statement or the AP report what Ayala may have looked at or researched on a local, state or national level to arrive at this conclusion. It is also not clear from the report what other alternatives, if any, she would pursue in the interests of the community or justice for capital murder crimes. Ayala is the prosecuting attorney in a Florida case involving the murder of a pregnant women and a police officer. Florida Governor Rick Scott has said that Ayala should recuse herself from the case stating,  “she has made it abundantly clear that she will not fight for justice…”

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