Fla. Justices Question State Atty's Stance In Capital Cases

By Nathan Hale (June 28, 2017, 9:32 PM EDT) -- A Florida state attorney challenging the governor's unilateral reassignment of 23 homicide cases after she refused to seek the death penalty in a high-profile murder case faced heavy questioning Wednesday in the Florida Supreme Court on whether she made a "blanket policy" possibly exceeding her authorized discretion.

Ninth Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala, whose dispute with Gov. Rick Scott has drawn national attention, is asking the state's highest court to find that the governor exceeded his authority when he issued a series of executive orders reassigning those potential capital cases to Fifth Circuit State Attorney Brad King following her March 16...

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