Ex-Judges, Prosecutors Back Fla. State Atty Over Removal

By Carolina Bolado (April 21, 2017, 8:56 PM EDT) -- A group of ex-judges and current and former prosecutors from around the country on Friday backed Florida prosecutor Aramis Ayala in her bid to stop Florida Governor Rick Scott from yanking her from 23 homicide cases over her reluctance to pursue the death penalty in a high-profile double-murder case.

The group filed an amicus brief on behalf of Ayala, a state attorney in Orlando who filed emergency petitions with the Florida Supreme Court earlier this week asking it to decide as quickly as possible whether Scott has the authority to remove her and to prevent any other state attorney from prosecuting...

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