Anthony says she can't get fair hearing in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Comments made by the judge who presided over Casey Anthony's criminal trial raise questions about whether she can get a fair defamation hearing in state court in Orlando, her attorneys said in filings for her bankruptcy case.
Anthony's attorneys filed motions last Friday in her bankruptcy case in Tampa suggesting that Circuit Judge Belvin Perry's remarks may have "trampled" principles judges are supposed to follow. Perry told NBC's "Today" show last week that he believes there was enough evidence to convict the Florida mother who was acquitted in 2011 of murdering her 2-year-old daughter.
The filings by Anthony's bankruptcy attorneys were in response to two people suing Anthony for defamation. They had asked a federal judge overseeing her bankruptcy to lift stays on their cases. The stays were issued pending resolution of the federal bankruptcy case.
Perry is the chief judge for Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit, which covers metro Orlando. He has no connection to the bankruptcy or defamation cases.
"In all events, Judge Perry's comments create a perception, both in the mind of Ms. Anthony and the public, that there is no judge in the Ninth Circuit who could fairly and effectively oversee any case involving Ms. Anthony," Anthony's bankruptcy attorneys said in the motions.
Perry said that when he read the jury's verdict, he felt "surprise, shock, disbelief" and read it twice. He also said, "justice will be served one day by the Judge of Judges."
A spokeswoman for Perry didn't immediately return an email asking for a response.
Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk have sued Anthony for defamation. Zenaida Gonzalez was the name Anthony initially gave authorities as Caylee's possible abductor. Kronk was the meter reader who discovered Caylee's remains in 2008. He claims Anthony's defense team made multiple false statements about him during her trial.