Rick Scott, Aramis Ayala to meet in court later this month

Oral arguments scheduled for June 28

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott and Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala will meet later this month in the Florida Supreme Court for oral arguments in their death penalty legal battle.

Officials announced Tuesday that oral arguments are scheduled for 9 a.m. June 28. Each side will be given a maximum of 20 minutes to make their cases.

The two politicians have been snarled in a legal battle since Ayala announced on March 16 that her office would not seek the death penalty against accused double murderer Markeith Loyd or in any other case.

In response, Scott stripped Ayala of the Loyd case and nearly two dozen other first-degree murder cases and reassigned them to neighboring Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brad King.

Ayala countered  by filing a federal lawsuit on April 11 against the governor, alleging that he didn't have the authority to reassign cases against a state attorney's will.

Since then, third parties and legal groups have filed amicus briefs in support of both sides and the state Supreme Court has ruled that Ayala will not temporarily regain her cases while the lawsuit continues.

It is unclear when a final decision will be made in the case. 

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