ORLANDO, Fla. – A four-page email calling for the removal of State Attorney Aramis Ayala hit the inbox of all 150 of her employees Thursday night, according to State Attorney’ Office spokesperson Eryka Washington.
The “all-staff” email sent from internal servers obtained by News 6 addresses “concerned residents” of Orange and Osceola Counties, not the state attorney’s staff.
Ayala has come under fire after she said she would not seek the death penalty in the case of Markeith Loyd, who is charged with murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police lieutenant.
The email accuses Ayala of misleading the voters, calling her run for office an "unethical and shameful” campaign.
In a reference to the Federalist authors Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, the email was from a Gmail account named "Publius II."
The subject line read, “An analysis of Aramis Ayala,” presenting reasons why Ayala “needs to be suspended and removed from office.”
Washington said once the email was discovered, it was pulled from the internal network system.
Although the office declined to say when the email was pulled, estimates range from 12:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday.
A spokesperson for the Ayala said the email is “inflammatory and inaccurate.”
The message is not considered public record, because it is not a work product.
Washington stressed that only the email network was “hacked” and the case-management system was never breached.