The ink is barely dry on the jury's verdict, but already speculation's growing as to what happens next for the main players in the Casey Anthony trial. Many pundits agree that Judge Belvin Perry may have a second career waiting for him as a television judge. Could he be the next Judge Judy?
Fox news commentator Joey Jackson said, "I can certainly see him becoming the next big TV judge."
After months of court proceedings, on Tuesday, Perry confirmed the jury's verdict that Anthony was not guilty of first degree murder -- a verdict that visibly outraged the celebrity Twitter community. But Perry's shocking ruling, although an unpopular one, may only further catapult him into the celebrity judge world. Guilty or not guilty, Perry stuck to his guns throughout the trial, keeping attorneys in line and holding them accountable, dealing with even the craziest aspects of the case with an even temperament and being patient, yet rigid, in moving the case forward.
"He's been on the bench since the late '80s and has presided over several high profile cases so his résumé is TV cred ready," explained 'Cult of Celebrity' author, Cooper Lawrence of the 'Scott & Todd' morning show on PLJ. "But the real draw is that he doesn't like shenanigans going on in his courtroom, like when he let Baez have it with, 'We're not stopping anymore for you to get a file!'"
Lawrence adds that Perry's hand gestures are already 'Saturday Night Live' parody ready. All he needs is a catchphrase.
Using a well-publicized trial to move from the real to the televised bench is not unprecedented. Judge Larry Seidlin, formerly of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in Florida, famously tried to parlay his oversight of the Anna Nicole Smith body custody hearing into a gig on the small screen once the trial wrapped up. Seidlin has reportedly had several talks with Paramount productions but has yet to secure his own gig.
If he can make it happen, Belvin Perry (a name made for television) could stand to make a fortune in television. Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of 'Judge Judy,' is one of the highest paid women on television, making approximately $45 million a year for her half-hour program.
One Hollywood casting agent even told PopEater he tried to get a meeting with Perry but was told he would have to wait until the end of the trial -- but it looks like Perry's schedule just cleared up.