Posted tagged ‘Stan Strickland’

Casey Anthony: Judge Strickland to Retire

October 19, 2011

It appears that Judge Stan Strickland, the judge who first oversaw Casey Anthony’s murder trial, is retiring.

From WESH:

After almost 20 years on the bench, Circuit Judge Stan Strickland said his last day will be Dec. 31.

The judge who uttered the now famous words, “The truth and Miss Anthony are strangers,” cited burnout in his decision to step down.

“I’m a Type-B personality in a Type-A job,” Strickland said.”I’m worn out and ready to try something new.”


Casey Anthony: Welcome Judge Belvin Perry

April 29, 2010

It’s kind of like the first day of school, I’d think. Casey Anthony’s defense team is preparing to go before Judge Belvin Perry for the first time tomorrow morning.

From WESH:

Sources said e-mails and communication between prosecutors and the defense team have picked up significantly since Judge Belvin Perry replaced Judge Stan Strickland.

Perry scheduled his first hearing in the case for Friday. He set the tone in an order that reminded everyone of a need for speed, and it is up to him to keep things moving.

When Perry takes the bench on Friday at 9:30 a.m., he has told both sides to be prepared to discuss the following:

  • Deadline for depositions of all ordinary and expert witnesses.
  • Deadline for future motions both pending and unresolved.
  • Pretrial and trial dates.

Casey Anthony: EquuSearch Records Hearing on the Horizon?

April 26, 2010

It appears that Texas EquuSearch are fed up with playing games with Anthony’s defense attorneys and are pushing for a hearing on EquuSearch records.

From The TV Guy:

Anthony defense attorneys Jose Baez and Cheney Mason visited the office of Mark NeJame, attorney for Texas EquuSearch, on Friday. The Anthony attorneys had gone to look at records of EquuSearch volunteers for the first time after an eight-month battle.

The defense had wanted photocopies of the records, but the judge twice ruled that the defense had to view them in NeJame’s office.

“The attorneys stormed out after the media showed up,” WESH anchor Martha Sugalski said of Friday’s visit.

From WESH:

For more than eight months, officials with Texas EquuSearch have waged an epic legal battle have fought to keep private records of Central Florida residents who answered their call for help.

A source said EquuSearch plans to file legal paperwork to have the judge order Anthony’s defense to review the records and be done with it.

EquuSearch attorney Mark NeJame would not comment on what the group is planning.

Casey Anthony: More on Marinade Dave…

April 26, 2010

The Orlando Sentinel has taken a closer look at Marinade Dave, his background and his blog today.

There are comments from Dave’s “BFF” Stew Bacheler and talk of how he’d rather be remembered as a writer and not the one who led to Judge Stan Strickland’s leaving the trial.

You can read the full article, and leave your comments, at the link below.

UPDATE: There is also a discussion going on that you can join via the link in the comments section of this post.

From the article:

Among friends, Dave Knechel has always been known for three things: loyalty, fairness and dependability.

The self-taught artist, writer and cook has left his mark designing slogans for companies, creating advertisements for department stores and selling homemade marinade.

Knechel (pronounced NECK-al) is “Marinade Dave,” a Casselberry blogger whose monicker comes from his days as a meat marinade maker. He was thrust into the public eye this month after he was the recipient of kind words from Orange Circuit Judge Stan Strickland.

Casey Anthony: Judge Perry Orders April 30 Hearing

April 22, 2010

Judge Belvin Perry has signed an order for an April 30 status hearing on the Casey Anthony case.

From the looks of things, this may give us an indication of the direction he will take this case now that Judge Stan Strickland has stepped aside.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

In the first sentence in the order, Perry reminded prosecutors and defense attorneys that the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration say that: “Judges and lawyers have a professional obligation to conclude litigation as soon as possible…”

Perry also put attorneys on notice about how their behavior in court: He asked that they “familiarize themselves with the Ninth Judicial Circuit Courtroom Decorum Policy” and follow it “at all times.”

Casey Anthony: Who is Judge Belvin Perry?

April 20, 2010

That is the million dollar question that many people are asking today. Well, Judge Belvin Perry is well known in the area as a no-nonsense judge who won’t put up with “crap” from attorneys. He is also no stranger to high-profile cases.

Should be interesting to say the least. Could this end up biting the defense team in the long run?


From the Orlando Sentinel:

He has handled a slew over the years, including the murder trials of two men who shot off-duty Orlando police Officer Al Gordon in 2007.

Perry is currently assigned to the murder case against Jason Rodriguez, accused of killing one and wounding several others in a downtown office building last year.

From The TV Guy:

He was a big topic of conversation at dinner last night, too. A lawyer friend tells me, ”He’s a no BS kind of guy.” And my friend warns that no one should be confused by Perry’s manner. He may look as if he’s falling asleep at times, but he’s thinking deeply and taking in what others are saying, my friend says.

On the late news last night, WFTV-Channel 9 legal analyst Bill Sheaffer predicted that Perry won’t be as forgiving and calm as Strickland. “It really doesn’t put the defense in any better position than the defense was with Judge Strickland,” Sheaffer said. “Judge Perry is a very competent judge, has tried a number of high-profile murder cases and is known as a judge’s judge.”

Casey Anthony: Judge Stan Strickland Takes Himself Off Case

April 19, 2010

BIG NEWS today in the trial of Casey Anthony as Judge Stan Strickland has announced that he is taking himself off the case. Chief Judge Belvin Perry will be taking over the case.

Incredible! This all happened so quickly. I can say that I’m surprised at the sudden turn of events. Wow! Almost speechless…

Just a couple days ago we first heard about the “relationship” (and I use the term loosely) that Judge Strickland had with Marinade Dave…and now this?

So…what will this mean for the trial? For the prosecution? For the defense?

Where do we go from here? Thoughts?

From the Associated Press:

Circuit Judge Stan Strickland granted a motion Monday filed by Anthony’s attorneys asking that he recuse himself.

Anthony’s defense attorneys had argued that comments the judge made to a blogger recently showed he was prejudiced against Anthony.

In his decision, Strickland denied doing anything wrong. But he says he is removing himself from the case because Anthony’s attorneys likely would allege bias each time he ruled against their motions.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Orange Circuit Judge Stan Strickland issued an order this afternoon, excusing himself from the case.

This comes after the defense team asked the judge to disqualify himself because he had developed a “personal relationship” with a blogger who has been critical of Anthony.

Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry will take over the case.

From The TV Guy:

Judge Stan Strickland is stepping down from the Casey Anthony case, TV stations reported tonight. In his last act, Strickland had some withering words.

“He does indicate in so many simple words here that he has seen the defense seeking publicity in this case before,” WESH-Channel 2’s Greg Fox reported.

Fox read Strickland’s last line in a three-page response to a defense motion seeking his removal: “At its core,  defense counsel’s motion accuses the undersigned of being a self-aggrandizing media hound. Indeed the irony is rich here.”