After gaining national attention for presiding over the Casey Anthony murder trial, is Florida Judge Belvin Perry hoping to be the next "Judge Judy"?
TRUE: According to a Los Angeles talent agency, a TV court program involving Judge Perry is being shopped to at least one TV network
The limelight of a nationally followed criminal trial has boosted the career of many a lawyer. Judges, too, can benefit from such exposure; and to that end it would appear that Florida Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Belvin Perry is looking to turn the name recognition gained from presiding over the Casey Anthony murder trial into a big-money TV deal.
Florida TV station WKMG first reported the news on Monday, saying that the judge was exploring the potential of a "Judge Judy"-like show. MSN News confirmed the story with big-name talent agency William Morris Endeavor, a spokesperson from which said that the agency is indeed currently shopping the show.
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WKMG, meanwhile, quoted the judge saying, "I’ve been a public servant all my life, in excess of 35 years, and there will be mixed emotions if I am blessed to get a TV show. But (I'm) excited about a new opportunity.”
The Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday that talent agent Mark Itkin is spearheading the push to get the Judge Perry show off the ground. His resume includes packaging TV shows ranging from "Project Runway" and "Hell's Kitchen," to "Deal or No Deal" and "Tyler Perry's House of Payne."
According to Perry's profile on the Ninth Judicial Circuit website, he earned his Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, in 1971 and was first appointed to a judicial bench in Florida in 1989, a state he has remained in throughout his career.
The Casey Anthony trial riveted the nation, as the death of a 2-year-old girl and the bizarre behavior of her mother put her on the TV screens of millions of people. Anthony was ultimately acquitted of the murder of her daughter, but convicted of lying to police. She is currently facing two defamation lawsuits in Florida as well.
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