TMSL Alumnus serves as the Presiding Judge of Casey Anthony Trial
Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., a 1977 alumnus of Thurgood Marshall School of Law, is the presiding judge in the highly publicized Casey Anthony Trial. After working as a prosecutor, Judge Perry rose through the ranks of the judiciary. A veteran of capital felony cases, Judge Perry is regarded for handing down firm sentences.
Ninth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. was unanimously re-elected to another two-year term as chief judge by the other circuit and county judges in Orange and Osceola.
Perry oversees the court system of one of the state's busiest jurisdictions, which now has 65 judges. He is also actively involved with statewide funding for the court system and heads up the Florida Innocence Commission, a panel looking into wrongful criminal convictions.
Prior to taking the bench as a Circuit Judge in 1989, Judge Perry served as an Assistant State Attorney within the Ninth Circuit. Along with currently serving as Chief Judge, Judge Perry also serves as the Chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission for the state court system.
Chief Judge Perry has been instrumental in establishing the Ninth Judicial Circuit's Sanctioned to Read program, citing a "direct correlation between juvenile crime and academic success." Sanctioned to Read is an individualized, highly motivational, diagnostic and prescriptive reading program.
Judge Perry has served as a Florida circuit court judge since 1989, and is currently a member of The Florida Bar, the Texas Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, and the chairman of the Florida Innocence Commission, which examines the causes of wrongful conviction in Florida.
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