New Judge in Anthony Case is “No Nonsense”

By Brennan McCord

Apr 22, 2010 2:19pm

ABC News' Brennan McCord reports:

The new judge who will preside over the Casey Anthony case is known as a “no nonsense, brass tacks”  kind of judge, according to legal experts. 

The defense for Anthony entered a motion Friday accusing the original judge, Judge Strickland, of having a personal relationship with a blogger that they said was pro-prosecution after the judge complimented the blogger in court. Strickland also reportedly called the blogger when he was sick.

Strickland wrote: "At its core, defense counsel's motion accuses the undersigned [Strickland] of being a 'self-aggrandizing media hound.' Indeed. The irony is rich.  Motion granted."

Judge Belvin Perry has taken over the high profile case as Judge Stan Strickland granted a motion filed by Casey's attorneys asking that he recuse himself.

Legal analyst Bill Sheaffer, told Orlando station WFTV:  “The likelihood that Judge Perry will either allow a mistake to happen or be drawn into committing some reversible error himself is slight.”   In ten years of hearing criminal cases, including murder trials, only one of Perry's ruling have been overturned by a higher court. 

Casey has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and has said a baby sitter kidnapped her daughter, Caylee Anthony. The toddler's remains were found in December 2008, six months after she was reported missing.

Casey's trial is set for May 2011.

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