Casey Anthony Judge: Shocked By Not Guilty Verdict

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Belvin Perry, the judge who presided over Casey Anthony's murder trial and subsequent acquittal, spoke about the case on NBC's Today this morning.

Affectionately dubbed the "Velvet Hammer" by tweeters, Perry said he felt believes there was sufficient evidence for a first-degree murder conviction.

"Justice has been served in the sense that the jury has spoken but justice will finally be served one day by the Judge of judges," Perry said on Today.

"And she's going to live, deal with this for the rest of her life."

Perry said Casey Anthony portrayed the wrongfully accused mother in front of the jury but once they were gone, she "transformed" in a "very commanding" way.

The judge said she was really a very controlled defendant, who at times scolded her own attorneys and left little doubt as to who was in charge.

The day defense attorneys approached her with a possible plea deal was a day Perry will never forget. He said he heard shouting and four-letter words.

He praised prosecutors for a job well done but likened the personality of Caset's defense attorney Jose Baez to that of a "personable" used car salesman.

The case was circumstantial, he said, and all the defense had to do was inspire reasonable doubt, which they did. But he was still stunned by the outcome.

When Belvin Perry read the not guilty verdict following the deliberations, he said he was surprised, shocked and in disbelief, along with the rest of America.

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