Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

A Legal Pioneer

Former Judge Belvin Perry Jr. has made a name for himself over the years. From trying cases all over the state of Florida in the state attorney’s office, becoming the Ninth Circuit’s first African-American to initially join the bench through the election process, and presiding over the Casey Anthony trial, he’s left an impact in both the courts and the community. With his long history of accomplishments, you may not realize that this former judge grew up in humble beginnings. During a time of segregation, with hand-me-down books from better-off schools and exclusion from certain establishments in town, Perry fought adversity to pursue success.

Listen in as he sits with Chief Judge Lisa Munyon and talks about what childhood was like in a segregated Orlando and how the bench became an important aspect of his life.


  • 00:15 – Introduction to Belvin Perry, Jr.
  • 04:37 – Growing up in the era of segregation
  • 07:34 – Desire to pursue law
  • 12:55 – Starting in the state attorney’s office
  • 21:35 – Biggest cases as a prosecutor
  • 27:00 – Greatest achievements with the state attorney’s office
  • 29:09 – Path to the bench
  • 34:20 – Reasons for becoming Chief Judge
  • 42:53 – Why he left the bench
Open Ninth
Episode 129

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 50:04



In this episode

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon
Lisa T. Munyon

Chief Judge and Open Ninth host

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon has been a Judge with the Ninth Judicial Circuit for 18 years. She is the Ninth Circuit's first female Chief Judge.

Belvin Perry, Jr.

Attorney, Morgan and Morgan

Former Chief Judge and the longest serving Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court.