The Orange County Democratic Executive Committee are slamming the region’s Republican state house lawmakers for “a show of utter weakness” in allowing a House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee for proposing $1.3 million in cuts to the budget of Orange Osceola County State Attorney Aramis Ayala. Ayala has been under scrutiny since her decision not to seek the death penalty in the case of Markeith Loyd or any other cases that reach her office.
OCDEC specifically points out State Representatives Eric Eisnaugle, Mike Miller, and Jennifer Sullivan who sit on the committee.
“The failure of our three Representatives to defend State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s funding makes it clear that party ideology is more important to them than protecting the safety and security of their constituents in Orange County.” said Orange County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Wes Hodge “While we respect the Representatives’ choice to be pro-death, stripping money and resources from an already taxed State Attorney’s office will only allow more criminals to slip through the system and deny the residents of Orange and Osceola counties the justice they deserve.”
The Orange Dems say the budget cuts will result in about 20 fewer attorneys that would bog down the justice system potentially allowing more criminals to go free.
Ayala has since been pulled off of the Loyd case in favor of Lake County State Attorney Brad King. Several state lawmakers including some here from Central Florida have called on Governor Rick Scott to remove Ayala from office for not seeking the death penalty for the alleged killing of OPD Lieutenant Debra Clayton and Sade Dixon who was pregnant at the time of her death. Law Enforcement agencies from all over the state have also slammed Ayala’s decision.