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Casey Anthony judge retires, joins private firm

Casey Anthony's defense team, Jose Baez and Cheney Mason, confer with chief judge Belvin Perry, center, during a hearing at the Orange County courthouse on Aug. 5, 2011

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ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida judge who gained an international audience while presiding over Casey Anthony's murder trial is retiring from the bench, but not from the courtroom.

Just days after officially resigning his post as the chief judge of Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit, where he served nearly 25 years as a judge, Belvin Perry announced Monday that he's headed back to private practice and joining the Morgan and Morgan Law Firm.

The 64-year-old Perry gained fame while presiding over Anthony's 2011 murder trial, at which she was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Perry becomes the latest prominent Florida name to join the Morgan firm, which also includes gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

Perry says he is looking forward to being back in the courtroom trying cases. Before his post on the bench Perry spent several years as a prosecutor.

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