Aramis Ayala

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Aramis Ayala
State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Assumed office
January 1, 2017
Preceded byJeff Ashton[1]
Personal details
Born (1975-02-02) February 2, 1975 (age 44)[2]
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma mater

Aramis Ayala (born February 2, 1975) is the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Ayala was elected in November 2016, and serves as the chief prosecutor.[3]

Ayala was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree. She then obtained her law degree from the University of Detroit.[4]

Controversy arose after she announced she would not seek capital punishment in any case, causing Governor Rick Scott to reassign potential death penalty cases to another State Attorney.[5][6] Ayala has filed lawsuits disputing this action in the Supreme Court of Florida, and in federal court.[7] Ayala lost her Supreme Court case against Gov Rick Scott. The Florida Supreme Court ruled against Ayala saying the Governor was within his power to take cases away from Ayala because of her position to abandon the death penalty.


  1. ^ Cordiero, Monivette (August 23, 2018). "Don't know anything about Central Florida judicial picks in the Aug. 28 primary? We're here to help". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Aramis Donell Ayala". Florida Resident Database. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Powers, Scott (November 8, 2016). "Aramis Ayala becomes first black state attorney in Florida's history". Florida Politics. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Powers, Scott (July 15, 2016). "Aramis Ayala's 9th Judicial Circuit state attorney run could be historic". Orlando Rising. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Fla. court won't rule immediately in case of prosecutor". Daily Mail. April 26, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "Fla. court won't rule immediately in case of Aramis Ayala". WFTV. April 26, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Tziperman Lotan, Gal (April 11, 2017). "State Attorney Ayala files lawsuit against Gov. Scott in death penalty cases". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved July 20, 2017.