Fla Supreme Court Denies Emergency Ruling In Case Of Prosecutor Who Refuses To Apply Death Penalty

Apr 26, 2017

Florida’s highest court will wait to hear all arguments before deciding if the state’s governor had the right to take away cases from a prosecutor who says her office won’t seek the death penalty.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala had asked for an emergency ruling, but the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday denied that request for a temporary order pending a full review of the case by the court.

The justices said they would issue a decision after both sides had made all their arguments.

Ayala’s district covers Orlando. She is challenging Gov. Rick Scott’s orders to reassign almost two dozen death penalty cases from her office.

The governor took away the cases after Ayala said her office wouldn’t seek the death penalty anymore.