State Atty Asks Fla. High Court To Rule On Her Removal

By Jon Hill (April 13, 2017, 6:59 PM EDT) -- A Florida prosecutor has asked the state Supreme Court to bar Republican Gov. Rick Scott from yanking her from 23 homicide cases over her reluctance to pursue the death penalty in a high-profile double murder case and asked the federal court considering her 14th Amendment claims to let the state claims proceed first.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala filed emergency petitions with the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking it to decide as quickly as possible whether Scott had the authority to remove her and to prevent any other state attorney from prosecuting the homicide cases until the dispute is resolved. She...

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