State Attorney Aramis Ayala Says She Will Now Seek Death Penalty

Florida prosecutor Aramis Ayala says she will seek the death penalty in future cases if it is unanimously recommended by a panel of her assistant prosecutors.

Orlando-area state attorney Ayala previously announced she would stop seeking the death penalty altogether. 

In response, Gov. Rick Scott reassigned her more than 25 death penalty-eligible cases to another state prosecutor. The governor's move was upheld by the court Thursday.

The court said Ayala was wrong to have a blanket policy of not seeking the death penalty.

During a Friday news conference Friday, Ayala said she'll appoint a panel of seven prosecutors to decide whether to seek death on a case-by-case basis.

She said some members of the panel have supported the death penalty in the past.

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