Former chief judge talks run for Orange-Osceola state attorney
The race for Orange-Osceola state attorney is heating up as the four Democratic candidates get set to square off in the upcoming primary election. The current Orlando-area state attorney Aramis Ayala is not seeking re-election after her surprising victory over Jeff Ashton in 2016. Monique Worrell, a criminal justice attorney; current state attorney in Orange-Osceola Deborah Barra; Ryan Williams, a longtime assistant state attorney in Floridas 9th and 5th Judicial Circuits and former chief judge Belvin Perry have all announced they are running for the position. RELATED: Orange-Osceola chief assistant state attorney running for Aramis Ayalas job"Before I even retired people had approached me in the past about running for state attorney and at the time I chose not to," Perry said. MORE: Who is the Orange-Osceola County State Attorney candidate Ryan Williams?
Attorneys: Bankruptcy court should decide Casey Anthony's defamation lawsuit
ORLANDO, Fla. – Casey Anthony's attorneys argued on Monday that the bankruptcy court, not the state court should decide Anthony's defamation civil lawsuit. Anthony's attorneys said the bankruptcy court should decide if Anthony defamed Zenaida Gonzalez, who claims Anthony framed her as a kidnapping babysitter. Among the attorney's arguments was that last week's TODAY show interview with Judge Belvin Perry tainted any state court jury, so the defamation issue should be resolved in the federal bankruptcy courts. The judge will have to decide to resolve in the defamation suits in state court or federal court at the next hearing, which is set for May 30 at 3 p.m. The judge could also decide to handle the defamation cases himself in bankruptcy court.