Casey Anthony: Showing Some Love For Judge Perry…
CNN has a good article about Judge Belvin Perry and how he is seen as sharp, respected and, most importantly, in command.
He’s tweaked defense attorneys that potential jurors should be brought in from homeless shelters to boost diversity, sternly chastised lawyers for talking over one another, and pushed against having jury members continually shuttled in and out “like a Pop-Tart.”
Yet, while he has been an institution in central Florida legal circles for years, this trial marks Perry’s coming-out party for many around the country. Already in the Anthony case, he has dealt with his share of testy, controversial and complicated matters, often while flashing his quick wit and easy grin.
“Judge Perry is a good judge,” a veteran Florida attorney Brad Conway, who had represented Casey Anthony’s parents, told CNN last year. “He knows the law.”
In a sense, he was born into the law. His father, Belvin Perry Sr., and another man — Richard Jones — were the first two African-American officers hired, in January 1951, by the Orlando police.
At that time, Florida was still segregated. Yet the elder Perry remained on the job, becoming the city’s first black plainclothes detective, according to the police department. He was still on patrol when he retired in 1976, dying 19 years later.
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