Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against a suspect charged with fatally shooting a police lieutenant in Orlando, according to the police chief. Loyd had been a wanted fugitive since December 13 when he was accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, 24, and wounding her brother. After she refused, the governor signed an executive order, provided for in Florida law that says he can appoint a special prosecutor if, "for any good and sufficient reason, he determines the ends of justice would be best served".
The U.S. Supreme Court in January 2016 declared the state's death penalty sentencing law unconstitutional because it gave too much power to judges to make the ultimate decision. On Monday, Scott signed a new statute that would require a unanimous recommendation by a jury prior to imposing the death penaly, but Ayala rejected that enactment.
Ayala did win praise from death penalty opponents who say that the move challenges the racial and socioeconomic disparities associated with capital punishment.
Ashton said Ayala was excited about having the opportunity to prosecute the case, though she didn't stay long enough to do so.
After a discussion with Scott on Thursday afternoon, Ayala issued a statement saying she offered to have "a full conversation" about her decision, but he "declined to explore my reasoning".
The stance is significant because Orange County, where Ayala is a chief prosecutor, is among four of Florida's 67 counties that has produced more than five executions since 1976, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund said.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams also issued statement that said in part, "I want to acknowledge Governor Rick Scott for his swift action in addressing this matter by reassigning the case to another circuit".
Bob Cortes and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, slammed Ayala's stand as "dangerous" and outrageous.
Zaldivar said that after Ayala's announcement on Thursday, he has no confidence in her.
Advocates seeking to abolish the death penalty said Ayala sent a powerful message.
"If those circumstances can be proven by facts, so that I believe the death penalty can be sustained by the court, then I seek the death penalty", King said. The murder of a police officer, he added, is an "automatic aggravator" that warrants the death penalty. "It is refreshing to see her live up to her commitments and embrace policies that achieve accountability and safety without sacrificing fairness", said Wes Lathrop, Faith in Florida executive director.
Ashton also said he believes Ayala may have adopted the position to please her political benefactor, NY progressive activist billionaire George Soros, who ran an independent campaign on her behalf last summer.
"She has made it abundantly clear that she will not fight for justice for Lt. Debra Clayton and our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day", he said.
"I'm prepared for just about anything", King said.
Reno, who was Miami-Dade County's state attorney for 15 years before former President Bill Clinton appointed her as the nation's top law enforcer, never made a secret of her personal opposition to the death penalty. "The heinous crime that he committed in our community is the very reason we have the death penalty as an option under the law".
Trump to host Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago
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Ayala told reporters that she understands that members of the law enforcement community may be upset.
All three representatives are members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative group that has come out against the AHCA. The RSC also was told that states were given the option to receive block grant funding rather than per capita funding.
They could spend the first-round pick (No. 11) it takes to counter the first-round tender New England placed on the cornerback. Meanwhile, Patriots unrestricted free agent linebacker Dont'a Hightower is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday.
Under former President Barack Obama, that authority was limited to the Pentagon in the name of transparency. The military will also be able to carry out missions without approval from the Pentagon and White House.
Earlier, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan jumped 1.2 percent to its highest level since mid-2015. Dow Jones closed down by 0.09 percent, S&P 500 ended down by 0.18 percent, Nasdaq finished the day down by 0.03 percent.
Yahoo's email news came up the same week that the company announced that it is spinning off its main Internet business. A separate investigation is underway into alleged cyber-meddling by Russian agents in the USA presidential election.
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Gordon Elliott's horses are red-hot and the cheekpieces improved him the last day so he'll fly the Irish flag proudly. While my head says Djakadam , my heart goes for Cue Card . "I never seemed to have any stayers in the past".
But the clock looks set to work against Britain as the timetable calls for the country to be out of the bloc in two-years time. The Government has committed to triggering Article 50 by the end of March but will not give further detail on the timing.
Bharara then called Trump's assistant and explained he couldn't talk to the President because of the protocols, the source said. The Moreland Commission was an anti-corruption group, set up by Andrew Cuomo in July 2013, only to shut it down in 2014.
New England declined to franchise tag Hightower this offseason, though the Patriots are reportedly still trying to sign him. The Pro Bowl linebacker is leaving Florham Park without a contract, and headed to Pittsburgh to meet with the Steelers.
Notre Dame men survive Princeton upset scare in NCAA opener
Were the game a Hollywood script, someone would have flipped a switch and had Princeton start knocking down shots from deep. In one of the biggest games of Princeton's history, the Tigers gave Notre Dame everything they had and came up just short.
Zags get first win in NCAA tournament
Williams-Goss game has blossomed this season, earning several All-America honors to go with the WCC player of the year award. Karnowski , Jordan Matthews, Zach Collins and Johnathan Williams all score in double figures.
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BBC team among injured in Etna volcano drama
Officials at Catania airport on Thursday announced it would reduce arrivals by half to five flights an hour due to ash clouds. At least 8 people were injured on Thursday when an explosion occurred as lava continued to spew from Sicily's Mount Etna.
Steelers still seeking help after Dont'a Hightower drives away
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Craig Shakespeare named Leicester manager until end of season
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