Dozens of prosecutors and judges from around the nation have filed a legal brief in support of a Florida prosecutor who refuses to seek the death penalty.
The brief filed Friday with the Florida Supreme Court backs State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s right to decide not to seek capital punishment in cases in her district covering the Orlando area.
After Ayala recently announced her decision, Florida Gov. Rick Scott removed her from about two dozen death-penalty cases.
Ayala is challenging Scott’s authority to do that before the Florida Supreme Court.