FDP Calls Scott's 21 Capital-Case Reassignment 'Political Retribution'
Late in the day the Florida Democratic Party responded Monday to what it calls Gov. Rick Scott's "posturing," his announcement that he has reassigned 21 capital murder cases in Florida's 9th Judicial Circuit -- effectively removing State Attorney Aramis Ayala from applying her decision not to seek the death penalty at least while Scott remains governor.
The FDP's statement is as follows:
"Rick Scott's treatment of State Attorney Aramis Ayala is yet another example of his blatant abuse of power. The Republican legislature is following in Rick Scott's footsteps by moving to cut $1.3 million from State Attorney Ayala's budget to prosecute criminals as political retribution. State Attorney Ayala's office is tasked with protecting Florida's families by keeping criminals off the streets and the GOP's politically motivated cuts mean that there will be more criminals roaming freely and Florida's victims of violent crimes will not receive justice. Republicans are once again showing us their true colors -- they have no problem putting Floridians at risk in their quest for more political power."