Fla. State Atty Sues Gov. Over Removal From Homicide Cases

Law360, New York (April 12, 2017, 10:08 PM EDT) -- A Florida state attorney claims Gov. Rick Scott violated her constitutional rights when he removed her from 23 pending homicide cases over what he described as "her blanket opposition" to the death penalty, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Florida federal court.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala of Orlando's Ninth Judicial Circuit asked the court to void a series of Scott's executive orders transferring her homicide cases to Brad King, who is the state attorney for the neighboring Fifth Judicial Circuit and a death penalty proponent.

"The governor did not take this drastic step because of any misconduct on Ayala's part,...

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