Florida House Speaker asks Rick Scott to suspend Aramis Ayala

"The order operates as little more than an unfettered and uninformed power grab by the governor's office over a difference of opinion", said Thurston.

Gov. Rick Scott has made it clear: He does not agree with State Attorney Aramis Ayala.

But Scott isn't budging from his order.

Seminole County assistant finance director Stan McCullars wrote two comments on an Orlando Sentinel Facebook post about Ayala's decision not to seek the death penalty for accused double murderer Markeith Loyd or any other capital murder cases.

Ayala was elected in November and is the first African-American elected state attorney in Florida.

"We should fully prosecute the laws of this state, and so I am going to do everything I can to fully prosecute the law", Scott told WESH 2. Loyd is accused of taking the lives of his ex-girlfriend; their unborn baby; and an Orlando police officer who tried to take him into custody, Lt. Debra Clayton. "Maybe SHE should get the death penalty", said the comment next to McCullars' name, followed by "she should be tarred and feathered if not hung from a tree". Ayala said to a circuit judge in Florida that Scott "overstepped his bounds" by removing her and has asked the judge to temporarily halt the governor's order while she contemplates her next move, the Sentinel said. "And if the people disagree with the decision she's making they'll vote her out".

"So she has that right to say in this particular case for these reasons we've decided not to seek the death penalty", Corcoran says. "But it's not the governor's decision to make". "That is not what she said".

Scott said this week he's still considering his options regarding Ayala.

  • Joanne Flowers