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Judge Belvin Perry Jr., a 1977 graduate of Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, has been the presiding judge in the highly publicized Casey Anthony trial.

A jury in Florida recently found Anthony not guilty of first degree murder.

Caylee Marie Anthony was a child from Orlando whose disappearance in 2008 attracted national media attention. Her mother, Casey, was indicted on charges of felony murder, though she continued to maintain her innocence throughout her trial.

The child’s skeletal remains were discovered six months after she was reported missing by her grandmother, Cindy Anthony.

Ninth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge 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.

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