Aramis Ayala meets Rick Scott in court at the end of the month


  • Photo by Monivette Cordeiro
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala will finally meet in court at the end of the month.

The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from Scott and Ayala in their death penalty legal battle at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 28.

Back in April, Ayala filed suits in federal court and the Florida Supreme Court, after Scott stripped the state attorney of 22 of her office's first-degree murder cases.

The Florida Supreme Court has already ruled that Ayala will not temporarily regain her cases while the lawsuit continues.

Instead, 5th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brad King, who Scott put in charge of Ayala's cases, will continue to have jurisdiction.

Scott's actions were a response to Ayala announcing she would not seek the death penalty for Markeith Loyd, who was arrested for fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend and Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton.

Ayala, who has received negative attention from Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and many more extreme members of the general public, opted not to pursue the death penalty for Loyd or for any cases during her administration.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.