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Casey Anthony's attorneys say judge ruined chances of fair trials

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Casey Anthony's attorneys believe the judge who presided over her murder trial ruined their chances for fair trials in the future in Orlando.

Last week Judge Belvin Perry went on The Today Show to say there was enough evidence to convict Anthony of murder.

"Yes there was sufficient evidence to sustain a verdict of first degree in this case," he said to Savannah Guthrie.

Anthony's attorneys filed a motion saying Judge Perry's statements show she can't get a fair trial in the two defamation cases she's fighting in state court. They want a judge to move it to federal court. There are no television cameras there and her legal team hopes to eventually get the case thrown out.

"Judge Perry has no business making those comments," said Jeff Brown, a Tampa Bay area attorney. "The one thing that judges don't do is they don't comment publicly about cases and for Judge Perry to comment publicly is way over the line...to do it on 'The Today Show' means he doesn't even know where the line is."

Brown, who was not involved in Anthony's case, said the position Judge Perry is in, means those statements could carry even more weight.

"Because he is the chief judge - I think there is some pause that needs to be given here as to whether or not he is giving an opinion that reflects that of the entire circuit or strictly his own," Brown said.

Perry showed more of his feelings during that Today Show interview. Guthrie asked what he thought when he opened the envelope and read the verdict.

"Surprise, shock, disbelief," he said.

Later he said: "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 and she's going to have to live with this and deal with this for the rest of her life."

Brown says that statement was also out of bounds.

"A judge should not be making any one way or another that shows he is either religious or nonreligious," Brown said. "There's a multitude of sins this judge has made here and I think it's beyond unfortunate right now."

It's happening just weeks before a Tampa judge decides if Anthony's case should go to federal court.

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