The Florida Supreme Court announced Monday that it will allow Attorneys working for the State House to file legal briefs in support of Governor Rick Scott in his case against Orange Osceola County State Attorney Aramis Ayala over removing her from the Markeith Loyd case, in which she announced she would not seek the death penalty.
The motion to file the brief Amicus Curiae in support of Rick Scott was granted. The legal term can be interpreted as a “friend of the court” with a strong, connected interest to the case. Members of the Florida House have called for Ayala’s removal including a group from here in the Orange-Osceola county area. There have also been pushes to cut funding to Ayala’s office from the house.
Loyd is accused of murdering Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton and his former girlfriend Sade Dixon, who was pregnant at the time of her death. Ayala also announced she would not seek the death penalty in any other cases handed to her office. Scott has reassigned the Loyd case and many others to Lake County State Attorney Brad King.
The brief expected to be filed by House Attorneys would reinforce the Governor’s authority as prescribed by the state constitution in making the decision and the negative effects Ayala’s actions could have in refusing to support that authority.