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    Judge Perry story

    There’s a new article up on ORLANDO magazine that delves into the life and work of Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. I encourage you to read it and come back here to comment. Terrytsk found it. Thank you, Terrytsk!

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    Hey Dave, Thanks for sharing the magazine article. Its difficult for those of us that live so far away to get the flavor of the outside community in Florida without your help. It was interesting to read an outside source from "our" blog story on Judge Perrys attributes. We can sit around and say how we think about someone but it is always good to read other sources.
    Hope all is good with you.

    It was a well written piece as far as I'm concerned, cali patti, and quite insightful. We now know a little more about what makes him tick and I'm more than happy ro point everyone to the article. Thanks for the acknowledgement.

    April 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercali patti

    Dave I just came to my favorite site to tell you about the article but you already have it posted. Your the best. I thought I found it first. Yolks on me - your the best.
    One comment, article states JS had lunch with the blogger ? Comment

    Thanks, Annie. Actually, Terrytsk brought the article to my attention, but I knew it was going to be published. As for lunch with the judge, I have never once claimed that we did go to lunch. At the time, all of the TV stations asked me if we did and I declined to discuss it. Where they got that info is a mystery.

    April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

    Dave: Thank you so very much for posting this meaningful and yes, insightful article about Judge
    Belvin Perry Jr.! I probably never would have seen it otherwise and it means a great deal to understand more about him and what he has gone through in his life. I think he is going to do a fine job in this case.

    And you know, Suzanna, his father was well known in Orlando back in the day, and someone to look up to. He is still Jr's hero, and rightfully so. I'm glad you found it to be meaningful and insightful. Yes, he's doing a great job.

    April 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterSuzanna

    It was also wonderful to hear something from Judge Strickland after all this time! Such a fine and upstanding man is he!

    Judge Strickland is a top shelf, classy guy. No doubt about that.

    April 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterSuzanna

    Thank you for that link, Dave. It gave me another insight to the workings of this case. It looks like from what it says in that article, that you would be better sitting at home like the rest of us during this case and either watching it on tv or on the computer. Doesn't look like even reporters are going to get very near the courtroom if they're setting up a private viewing area.

    I would love to have been a fly on the wall when Cheney Mason was informed who was taking over this case. I agree with the article that they would probably have done better on the dp issue anyway if they had stayed where they were. I have to think Mason thought he was going to get one of the other judges, and that Perry didn't even enter his mind because he was over everyone. "The irony" is an apt description.

    My life as a military housewife taught me that everyone, even higher ups all "put their pants on the same way". Meaning that they're just like you and me with all the faults and successes, so hearing about things in his Perry's life made him even more human to me. The writer did a good job.

    My only disagreement is the idea that they are not going to be able to find 12 jurors who don't have an opinion of this case and that it's as big as OJ's. OJ's case divided a nation at one point and is memorable to this day. This case doesn't even come close. Outside of metro Orlando and certain FL cities she's as memorable as Jessica Lunsford's killer. A horrible facination about how someone could do something so terrible to a child. But once she's tried and found either guilty or not, she'll be out of the limelight for a long long time, if not forever. Casey's day of fame will be over. Then what will she be left with? She will only have a couple moments, hours out of time to relive over and over and over in her own mind, because the rest of us will forget sooner than she'd like.

    I liked the author's take on both judges in the case and think it was a good article. Thanks for the link.

    My pleasure, Connie. Journalists are going to get media credentials and assigned seats in the courtroom, either on the main floor or up in the balcony. There will be 2 media rooms available, too.

    In my opinion, the irony is very rich. I have been preaching for almost a year now that Mason tried to cash in his courthouse chips but they were worthless. It may prove to be a fatal mistake in the end, and to be honest, I will put the onus on him if Casey is sentenced to die. It was a stupid, stupid move and I also think he let his ego get in the way at his client's expense. Too bad for her.

    April 2, 2011 | Registered Commenterconniefl

    Thanks for bringing this article here- a nice read while we wait for your next (ahem), and very informative. Humanizes him considerably, knew that he had an artificial eye- didn't know why though. Have even more respect for him after reading about what he had to put up with, race-wise. Given that, odd the article uses a stock pic of a white judge's hands... and very nice to hear from Judge Strickland!

    Ahem... I'm sorting it all out in my head. A new post will be forthcoming, but it was a looooong day in the courtroom yesterday. Tomorrow is the radio show, but I'll try to squeeze something in. Thanks, Karen.

    April 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterKaren C.

    Dave, thanks for posting this article on Judge Perry. It is a great story and he truly is an amazing man. Thanks to Terrytsk for finding this and letting Dave know. From watching JP in the court room you know he is a fair judge, but reading this article really tells you how fair of a man he really is. He had a great upbringing and it is always nice when someone does a wrong that they aren't afraid to say it. I am sure his parents are very proud of the man he is today. I think it is nice to get this insight on him because you can understand more about him and what he is all about. It was nice to hear a little from Judge Strickland also. Thanks again, Dave for giving us the chance ot read this great article!

    Hey, Mary Jo, you know I like to put up any and all information I can dig up on this case, and for sure, whatever we can find on the judge is going to be enlightening. This article is a great profile and it even had Judge Strickland in it. Can't beat it!

    April 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterMary Jo

    That article was wonderfully written and it really gave us a better understanding of Judge Perry. The fact that he was so honest about his "dalliance" says a lot for the man himself. His siblings and his children certainly received a wonderful background that helped them become very upstanding citizens.

    I was not aware of the need to keep a low profile in the community. After reading what he said about it I can certainly understand why.

    Now, there are some comments on the site of the article and I read them and the second or third one has me knashing my teeth!! The writer talked about how it was not right to make a "god" out of Judge Perry. That he did not deserve it and I never should have read it right after I ate Prilocec is not doing it's job!

    It was a wonderful article and it put a smile on my face.......but not the commenter!

    One never knows where comments come from, but I wouldn't let any of them bother you. That's the world of the Internet, good and bad. I think the person was wrong about making a "god" out of Perry. That article wasn't attempting to portray him as anything other than a man who grew up during a turbulent period of our history, yet he made the best of his life. A good one, at that. Could be jealousy, you think?

    April 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterCarole

    Dave, do I always go into moderation. I am basically a lurker, just comment once in awhile. Is that why?

    Annie - Everyone without a membership goes into moderation. I will gladly give you one. All you need to do is ask and I'll set you up with one. All it does is keep you out of moderation, but it's good to have.

    April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

    Dave you didn't need to give me credit for bringing the article to your attention! Big deal I read it before you. I didn't write the article for heavens sake, although I certainly did enjoy reading it. It does humanize this particular chief judge, who I was impressed with already and gives us a glimpse into the challenges that all judges face. It must be tough to have your every personal and professional action scrutinized.

    Pshaw, Terrytsk, you brought it to my attention and you get the credit for that. I might not have seen it until next week.

    April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerrytsk

    Carole- Honestly, I stay away from on-line Letters to the Editor and Live Chat things now- normal, rational peeps just devolve into decidedly lower life forms. I mean peeps one "knows" in other venues, and "know" to be usually normal and rational- those same peeps get on these instant formats and Squirrel Out. And you don't dare confront them- well, sometimes I can't help myself but it never ends well for anyone...

    April 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterKaren C.

    Thank you Terrytsk and Dave for posting the link to the article on our most Honorable Judge Perry! What a remarkable man he ! How fortunate for those of us who live in Florida to have a man of such integrity gracing our court system. We can rest assured that his decisions will be based upon law and his rulings just.

    Maintaining impartiality must be one of the toughest jobs on the planet, and here he is sitting on the bench of one of the most trying cases to come up the pike since OJ. God be with him!

    It was awfully nice to hear about Judge Strickland, though from what the article indicates regarding the somewhat isolated state judges prefer to keep themselves in, I don't suppose we'll hear too much from Judge Strickland regarding his recusal any time soon, if at all.

    I could be wrong about that. Were Baez or Mason to seek Judge Perry's recusal I'm certain Judge Strickland would have something to say in his defense. I'd sure like to know what Judge Strickland's thinking now that the case has progressed so far from where it was when he recused himself. All the more apparent is it that Baez and Mason both are little more than scoudrels who will stoop to whatever levels necessary to get their client, Casey, off; even it means breaking the law.

    Judge Perry sees clear through their antics, however. I haven't a doubt. So though I become so frustrated when he seems to be cutting the defense more slack than I think they deserve I try to remember that he didn't get to where he is, so highly acclaimed, by not knowing what he's doing. He absolutely knows what he's doing and I, for one, need to trust him and his life time of experience.

    Thanks again, Terrytsk and Dave. Everyone following the case should read the article.

    April 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterFeathers

    Dave, The article on Judge Perry gave a wonderful insight into understanding the background of the man we see in court . His reading of the Daily Word touched my heart. I too use to read it daily. Makes me want to start doing it again. Your comment on the nerve racking day in court on Friday is understandable. I watched a portion of the hearing, when i came home from work. it was too much for me, I stopped the video, and relied on reading about it . Jose Baez incessant clicking of his pen is madding. It reminds me of the old movie The Caine Mutiny. Bogart is the insane captain of ship, who is at his military trial. Bogart has marbles in his pocket, and as the questioning becomes more personal, he starts to click the marbles in his hand........Just like Baez and his pen.

    April 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterRob

    Scandal Over Love Affair Leaves Belvin Perry At Risk
    ELECTION 2000 - CIRCUIT JUDGE, GROUP 3September 01, 2000|By Debbie Salamone Wickham of The Sentinel StaffOrlando Judge Belvin Perry is known as a leader among Florida's judges. His court innovations and cost-cutting programs have saved taxpayers money. And he has put away some of Orlando's most notorious criminals.

    But Perry stands to lose it all in the Sept. 5 election over a love affair with a court worker, which escalated into a federal discrimination investigation and an embarrassing scandal. After 12 years as a circuit judge, Perry is vulnerable.

    Attorney Russell McLatchey is challenging Perry for the Group 3 judgeship, saying Perry's judicial abilities don't outweigh the damage caused by his affair.

    I found this article interesting also.
    good one to research.

    April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG.C.G

    Hi Dave, and all friends here!

    Please pass along the word to vote for Yuri Melich for an America’s Most Wanted Superstar award!

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    Must vote in the next few days!!! Yaaay!

    April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea, Only Dreamin'

    Andrea, thank you for letting us know about voting for Yuri Melich. He will get my vote!

    April 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterMary Jo

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