The Florida State Attorney Scandal
FLORIDA: Soros Backed State Attorney Won’t Seek Death Penalty Against Alleged Triple-Killer
Here’s the story as reported Florida TV station WKMG-6 and their investigative reporters Michael DeForest.
State Attorney Aramis Ayala said Thursday that she will not seek the death penalty for accused murder Marketih Loyd or for any first-degree murder cases during her time in office.
Ayala’s decision comes just days after Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill requiring a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed.
Ayala said during a news conference that there is no evidence of improved public safety for citizens or law enforcement with the death penalty, and that such cases are costly and drag on for years.
Orlando police Chief John Mina said late Wednesday that he is “extremely upset” about the decision.
Loyd, 41, was arrested on murder charges in the shooting deaths of Sade Dixon, his pregnant ex-girlfriend, and Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton. He was caught after a nine-day manhunt following Clayton’s deat
Emails criticize anti-death penalty decision
Hours after Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced she would not be seeking the death penalty for Markeith Loyd, who is accused of killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton, several Orlando police officers sent emails to the prosecutor criticizing her decision and asking her to reconsider.
“I, along with many others, spent nine straight days and nights hunting down Markeith Loyd after he brutally executed and murdered (Orlando police lieutenant) Debra Clayton in cold blood,” wrote a member of the Orlando Police Department’s Fugitive Investigative Unit. “This decision has, in one fell swoop, destroyed the community’s and law enforcement’s confidence in you as the state attorney to represent its victims.”
The officer argued that a court of law should be allowed to decide whether Loyd should be executed for allegedly murdering Clayton, his ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon, and Dixon’s unborn child.
Ayala never responded to the Orlando police officers’ emails, News 6 has learned.
Texts, emails show state attorney’s coordination with death penalty foes
Text messages and emails from Aramis Ayala’s personal Gmail account show substantial communications between the state attorney and anti-death penalty organizations, records obtained by News 6 show.
Two days after Ayala announced she would not seek the death penalty in any case, an out-of-state death penalty opponent sent text messages to the state attorney offering to assist Ayala with answering certain questions.
“Do you need help with all of the questions or just specific questions?” Faucher responded.
“The Soros question and the general question on DP (death penalty),” Ayala texted back, records show.
Ayala was presumably referring to George Soros, the liberal billionaire to who donated $1.4 million to a political action committee that purchased campaign ads supporting Ayala.
Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala has not explained her relationship with several anti-death penalty special interest groups, despite News 6’s repeated requests for comment on the matter.
Since taking office in January, a News 6 investigation revealed that Ayala has exchanged dozens of emails and text messages with Miriam Krinsky and Stefanie Faucher.
The women, who work with organizations seeking to abolish the death penalty, have offered Ayala numerous suggestions and advice on how to handle her controversial announcement that her office would not seek the death penalty in any case, records show.
Kamilah Perry’s role as general counsel raising questions
The Florida Bar has launched an inquiry into allegations that Kamilah Perry, the general counsel for State Attorney Aramis Ayala, is still conducting business in her private law practice while collecting a $130,000 salary from state taxpayers.
A spokeswoman for Perry confirmed she was aware of the complaint filed by Orlando attorney Kevin Morenski last Monday. She denied any wrongdoing.
“Ms. Perry received the bar complaint (Tuesday) morning and will respond by denying any violation of any bar rule, and further pointing out the fact that the complainant, Mr. Morenski, is an individual who has publicly announced his aspiration to run for state attorney to replace Ms. Ayala. As such, his bar complaint is a blatant and disingenuous attempt to discredit the current administration for his political gain,“ the spokeswoman said.
Morenski has been openly critical of Ayala and filed a grievance with the Florida Bar after News 6 reported Perry’s law firm website, along with her Florida Bar standing, did not reflect her new address and job status, which is standard protocol.
The situation in Florida is frightening because it’s part of a nationwide trend.
Politico | August, 2016
Progressives have zeroed in on electing prosecutors as an avenue for criminal justice reform, and the billionaire financier is providing the cash to make it happen.
His money has supported African-American and Hispanic candidates for these powerful local roles, all of whom ran on platforms sharing major goals of Soros’, like reducing racial disparities in sentencing and directing some drug offenders to diversion programs instead of to trial. It is by far the most tangible action in a progressive push to find, prepare and finance criminal justice reform-oriented candidates for jobs that have been held by longtime incumbents and serve as pipelines to the federal courts — and it has inspired fury among opponents angry about the outside influence in local elections.
“The prosecutor exercises the greatest discretion and power in the system. It is so important,” said Andrea Dew Steele, president of Emerge America, a candidate-training organization for Democratic women. “There’s been a confluence of events in the past couple years and all of the sudden, the progressive community is waking up to this.”
Soros has spent on district attorney campaigns in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas through a network of state-level super PACs and a national “527” unlimited-money group, each named a variation on “Safety and Justice.” (Soros has also funded a federal super PAC with the same name.) Each organization received most of its money directly from Soros, according to public state and federal financial records, though some groups also got donations from nonprofits like the Civic Participation Action Fund, which gave to the Safety and Justice group in Illinois.
The Daily Signal | December, 2016
The trend of outside funding worries opponents of Soros’ tactics, including veteran district attorneys who say the outsize contributions threaten prosecutorial independence, which is especially important in a role as powerful and all-encompassing as theirs.
“The amount of money we are talking about is staggering,” said Joshua Marquis, the district attorney of Clatsop County, Oregon, since 1994 and a board member of the National District Attorneys Association.
“And it’s amplified because it’s extremely difficult to raise money as a prosecutor,” Marquis told The Daily Signal.
The Wall St. Journal | November 2016
Several candidates backed by Mr. Soros are members of minority groups, who are underrepresented in the ranks of prosecutors. The Reflective Democracy Campaign, an arm of the progressive Women Donors Network, found in a 2015 study that 95% of elected local prosecutors were white.
Aramis Ayala, a former public defender and prosecutor, appears to be headed to victory in the race for state attorney in Orange and Osceola counties in Florida with the aid of nearly $1.4 million from a PAC funded by Mr. Soros.
Ms. Ayala, who would become Florida’s first African-American elected as a state attorney, said she didn’t know why the billionaire picked her to support. She said Mr. Soros’s funding helped amplify her message of making the office more victim-oriented and creating more consistency in charging decisions.
For years, the progressive left has fought for what they term “criminal justice reform,” a reasonable-sounding phrase that masks their true agenda—dismantling the systems that preserve law and order in the name of equity and racial fairness. Under former President Obama’s Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, this radical agenda advanced on several fronts at once.
Consider the following:
– One of the main demands of the Black Lives Matter movement was an end to “mass incarceration.” As Breitbart News has reported, this is actually just a new name for the goal of the Black Panther Party to release all minorities from prison. The grandmother of the move to end mass incarceration is 1960s radical Angela Davis, who is an outspoken advocate for the prison abolition movement.
– Just months ago, multibillionaire funder George Soros invested a staggering $27 million in a dozen local prosecutor races across the country, flooding these races with resources to put “reform-minded” prosecutors in place. This plan was incredibly successful, putting 10 new prosecutors in place in cities including Albuquerque and Houston, and unseating Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona.