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Prosecutors, Judges Back Orlando State Attorney That Refuses To Apply Death Penalty

21 April 2017

According to Ayala's office, the first letter arrived on March 20th in an envelope that read, "Sooner or Later A Nigger Will Be A Nigger".

Ayala announced last month she would not seek the death penalty in the Markeith Loyd Case or any other cases received by her office and was subsequently taken off of the Loyd case and nearly two dozen other murder cases by Governor Rick Scott.

A week later, the office received another envelope filled with a noose made of twine.

Ayala told investigators she believes the noose was meant as a threat.

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"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".

Deputies are reportedly working with the U.S. Postal Service to find a suspect. The noose was included in one of two threatening letters she received in late March, according to an incident report filed with the Sheriff's Office. "Not only is State Attorney Ayala well within her legal right to make her own determination about the death penalty, she is right that the death penalty is a broken system that rests on a crumbling legal foundation".

Last month, Ayala sparked controversy in Florida when she announced she wouldn't seek the death penalty in any case - including for a defendant who's accused of killing police officers.

Many groups have continued to back her, including anti-death penalty advocates and members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus.

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"Fucking n***rs. n***rs everywhere. the black woman is sticking up for a convicted COP killer".

Another two were Facebook posts, embedded below. HuffPost has withheld their identities because they are not a part of a criminal investigation. The same sound policy reasons behind these significant changes suffice as a reason for a Florida prosecutor to decline to seek the death penalty and instead to pursue sentences of life imprisonment without parole.

Ayala won election in 2016 in a race that, like all but three state judicial circuit races, was uncontested.

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Prosecutors, Judges Back Orlando State Attorney That Refuses To Apply Death Penalty