Florida prosecutors' group to weigh in on Rick Scott's side in Aramis Ayala dispute - Florida Politics

Florida prosecutors’ group to weigh in on Rick Scott’s side in Aramis Ayala dispute

The Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association – which represents the states’s 20 state attorneys including Orlando’s Aramis Ayala – will be filing an amicus brief against her and supporting Gov. Rick Scott‘s power to reassign state attorneys’ cases.

The association filed a motion Wednesday morning requesting the chance to weigh in as a friend of the court on Scott’s side, and the Florida Supreme Court quickly approved it Thursday.

Using executive orders, Scott reassigned 23 first-degree murder cases from Ayala, of Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit, to State Attorney Brad King, of the 5th Judicial Circuit, because Ayala announced last month she would not pursue death penalty prosecutions.

Ayala challenged the governor’s authority to do so last week in a write of quo warrento to the Supreme Court, and in a separate lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

Her colleagues, apparently, agree that Scott has the power to intercede and reassign state attorneys’ cases.

The association promised it would file its brief by May 3.

Ayala did not oppose the association’s move. In addition to representing the 20 elected state attorneys, the association also represents more than 2,000 assistant state attorneys in Florida.

The association offered that its friend of the court brief, “would provide the Court useful insight regarding the role of state attorneys as quasi-judicial officers and their duties as prescribed by the constitution and the laws of Florida. The brief would also address the discretionary powers of state attorneys and their accountability for their conduct as well as the authority of the Governor to assign state attorneys to other circuits for the handling of certain cases pursuant to section 27.14 Florida Statutes.”

Section 27.14 of the Florida Statutes details circumstances in which a governor can reassign a state attorney.

 

3 Comments

  1. And there is not ONE of those prosecutors who would not accept a judgeship if it were offered to them. What a bunch of gutless wonders.

    What ever happened to noble aspirations like “prosecutorial discretion” and professional responsibility ?

    1. My thoughts exactly. Just when I thought prosecutors, on the whole, could not get any more craven, they happily choose to side with the governor on whether the executive branch can summarily and unilaterally take their own cases away – simply because they choose to exercise discretion. What cowardice.

      So proud that Ayala is my SA. It doesn’t matter whether one agrees with her on the death penalty; she has a spine of steel. Brava, Madame. And to the SAs choosing to fall on Scott’s side? Someone should give them an enema and bury them in a matchbox.

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