On today’s Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield, CNN’s Banfield is reunited with Judge Belvin Perry Jr. Judge Perry known for his no-nonsense approach in the courtroom, gained national fame during the intensely watched murder trial of Casey Anthony.
Banfield, who covered the murder trial for CNN, discusses with Judge Perry what it was like presiding over the trial, the verdict that stunned America and what might be next for the Judge.
On the news of a possible show:
Judge Perry said that he would love to do a show and shared what a show with him might look like.
“A show with me on it would provide two things. It would provide entertainment, but it would also provide education on the law.”
“I think there is always a need for folks to know about the law and to be entertained — make it fun!”
On the verdict:
“I wanted to be sure what I was reading, was what I was reading.” “I was shocked… I was surprised, but I knew that could be a possibility.” “A jury can view things totally different than non-participants.”
“What you have to realize is that people take sides — they look at things through a different filter, evidently the jury did that. They made a decision based on their view of the evidence.”
On America’s obsession with courtroom drama:
“Whether we like it or not, court proceeding have begun to dominate our lives. With access to courtrooms by cameras it has basically fueled the thirst for coverage and people like to see its democracy in action.”