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CrimeAramis Ayala opens up about death penalty views, decision not to run

21:50  29 may  2019
21:50  29 may  2019 Source:   wesh.com

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Ayala made the decision not to seek the death penalty three months after taking office. Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala told WESH 2 News that when she first took office she had to make a hard decision right up front.

Aramis Ayala opens up about death penalty views , decision not to run . Florida's first African American state attorney says she's proud to have challenged the status quo with her opposition to the death penalty , even though she eventually lost a legal fight with Florida's governor on the matter.

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Florida's first African American state attorney says she's proud to have challenged the status quo with her opposition to the death penalty, even though she eventually lost a legal fight with Florida's governor on the matter.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala told WESH 2 News that when she first took office she had to make a hard decision right up front.

Ayala made the decision not to seek the death penalty three months after taking office. The governor responded, and so did the Florida Supreme Court.

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ORLANDO — When Aramis Ayala began campaigning for state attorney in this Central Florida district last On March 16, Ayala filed a notice of intent not to seek the death penalty in that case. They said they hoped the knee-jerk response to her decision would give way to a more thoughtful debate

< Back to Latest. Baltimore, MD – The NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement today regarding Orlando County State Attorney Aramis Ayala ’s decision to not seek the death penalty in future cases.

Scott took away more than two dozen cases from Ayala's office after she said she wouldn't seek the death penalty.

Ayala said her decision not to seek re-election next year was made after the Florida Supreme Court sided with former Gov. Rick Scott in 2017.

Ayala said her values of truth, justice and humanity never changed, and her decision about the death penalty didn't either.

"I've been grappling with it literally since the start of my term. The weight of deciding if someone lives or dies is nothing to be taken lightly and it's one thing to have the conversation... but when it is your signature that starts the process of killing a human being, it's no longer about that human being, it's about your humanity," Ayala said.

Ayala announced Tuesday she would only be a one-term state attorney. She says she hasn't decided what she'll do when she leaves office in early 2021.

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