Judges and prosecutors file legal brief supporting Aramis Ayala

Judges and prosecutors file legal brief supporting Aramis Ayala

According to the Associated Press, the brief, which was filed Friday morning, supports Ayala in her decision not to seek the death penalty and states that Florida Gov. Rick Scott has no authority to interfere with her cases.

Staff at the State Attorney's Office opened an envelope addressed to Ayala on March 20 revealing a note that said, "SOONER OR LATER A N-- WILL BE A N--" in black block letters.

She has come under fire since revealing she would not seek the death penalty against any defendant, including Markeith Loyd.

Aramis Ayala's office reported the deliveries to the Sheriff's Office after receiving the mailings in March, according to an incident report obtained by Orlando Weekly.

She said she "believes the hangman's noose was meant as a threat to her as a public official", according to an incident report.

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"[Ayala] was advised of the envelopes and their contents", the report said.

This is the second recent hate crime in Florida involving a noose.

Florida's first African-American state attorney has been sent a noose and racist messages in the mail after she refused to seek the death penalty in cases. Loyd was captured after an eight-day manhunt that was launched by police for fatally shooting Lt. Debra Clayton in January.

In one statement condemning Ayala, Scott said her refusal to rely on capital punishment in these prosecutions "sends an unacceptable message that she is not interested in considering every available option in the fight for justice".

"What has become abundantly clear through this process is that while I now do have discretion to pursue death sentences", Ayala said at the time, "I have determined that doing so is not in the best interest of this community or the best interest of justice". "I received a noose that was mailed to my office". "I've received several types of derogatory and racist remarks to me personally and professionally".

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