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Stunner: Judge disqualifies himself from Casey Anthony case

Judge Stan Strickland is out, chief judge Belvin
Perry is in.

By Sarah Lundy, Orlando Sentinel
5:04 p.m. EDT, April 19, 2010

The judge assigned to the Casey
Anthony
murder case is stepping down.Orange Circuit Judge
Stan Strickland issued an order this afternoon, excusing himself from
the case.This comes after the defense team asked the judge to
disqualify himself because he had developed a "personal relationship"
with a blogger who has been critical of Anthony.Orange-Osceola
Chief Judge Belvin Perry will take over the case.Anthony, 24, is
charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee
Marie. The 2-year-old's remains were found in December 2009 less than a
mile from her family home in east Orange County. Prosecutors are seeking
the death penalty.In motion filed Friday, the defense claims
Strickland has developed a relationship with blogger Dave Knechel
known online as "Marinade Dave" who has a "relentless pro-prosecution
bias." At one point, Strickland learned Knechel was ill and telephoned
him express his concern for the blogger's well-being.Anthony
fears she won't get a fair trial, according to the motion.With
Strickland's removal, the case will go back to the criminal division
administrative judge who will re-assign the case to another judge.The
case was assigned to Strickland two years ago when Strickland was
working the criminal court division. In January, he was moved to oversee
civil cases but was asked to keep the Anthony criminal case.Strickland
who joined the Florida Bar Association in 1984 was once a workers'
compensation claims judge before then-Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed him
to be an Orange County judge in 1995. Three years, Chiles appointed him
to be a circuit judge where Strickland has handled various caseloads,
including domestic, juvenile criminal and civil.In 2004, he
served as the chair of the professionalism committee for the Orange
County Bar Association.He earned his undergraduate and master
degrees from Florida
State University
. He received his law degree from Mercer University
in 1984.This story is breaking. Check back for updates.
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