The Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida

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The Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida

The Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida

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jtracy
August 18, 2017

The Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida  presiding over a hearing involving the Casey Anthony case, 2010-2011.

Listen as he describes his first day in court in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Belvin Perry at the Orlando Public Library on April 24, 2017.

LISTEN Part III (19:14)

I will never forget the first day I was in court and I was looking for a witness. And it was a black lady in her mid sixties and she said, "Boy, don't be playing with me. You're not the assistant state attorney. They don't have one of those that look like us." And I had to explain to her that I was. And it took her a while for her, for it to really soak in that there was a black person in that role. And then you get used to being the only one which is not a good feeling. You know, back then if you go to a seminar or anything else, you know, you're the only fly in the buttermilk so to speak...

Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. first joined the 9th Circuit Court in 1989. He served as Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit Court from 1995 to 1999 and 2001 to 2014. He retired from the bench on August 13, 2014 after serving as judge for nearly 25 years including serving as Osceola County Administrative Judge and nine terms as Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

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