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Robert J. Perry is a Los Angeles County Superior Court trial judge who will preside over legal proceedings for former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle who stands accused of murdering unarmed train passenger Oscar Grant during New Year’s Day, 2009 at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland.

The case, a highly publicized incident that was caught on tape by video recorders and widely disseminated through media, was moved from Alameda County to Los Angeles County at the request of Mehserle’s defense attorney, Michael Rains.

Perry, known as a no-nonsense judge with a distinguished legal background as a former federal prosecutor, was selected to preside over the high profile trial.

In Dec. 2009, he barred television cameras and other electronic recording devices from the trial against Mehserle, reaffirming his penchant for mitigating intense media coverage in the interest of a fair trial in his courtroom.

Perry has dealt with numerous high profile cases; he was the sitting judge in a hearing against Anna Nicole Smith’s boyfriend and doctors, and presided over the plea deal of Rafael Perez, a former LAPD officer involved in the Rampart police corruption scandal.

He has served on the bench at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles since 1992. His courtroom is located on the ninth floor, a security intensive portion of the complex where courtrooms for a majority of high profile cases are located.

Perry is expected to preside over the trial beginning in June.

Information compiled from Beat research and news services

BART Police Shooting, Oakland »

[By Beat News Service | 10 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments]
A large banner reading "Oakland Says Guilty" was hung from a stoplight in Downtown Oakland during a gathering after the verdict in the Johannes Mehserle trial. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Thursday that her city was prepared to handle possible protests organized in response to the Monday release of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle from a Los Angeles County Jail.

In a written statement, Quan said, “Although we expect peaceful gatherings, we do not anticipate nor will we tolerate vandalism or violence. The Oakland Police Department is prepared to respond if personal safety or property are at risk.”

BART Police Shooting »

[By Steven Luo | 10 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments]
Johannes Mehserle

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ordered that former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of Oscar Grant New Year’s Day 2009, be released Monday, after serving just over 11 months of his two-year sentence.

“As of June 13, 2011, the defendant’s mandated custody credits will be equal to or exceed the sentence imposed,” Judge Robert Perry wrote in his order, posted to the court’s website Friday. “It is hereby ordered that defendant Johannes Mehserle be released from custody on Monday, June 13, 2011.”

BART Police Shooting, Oakland »

[By Beat News Service | 8 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments]
Johannes Mehserle

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer jailed for fatally shooting and killing an unarmed train passenger at an Oakland station in 2009, will be released on Monday, the Oakland Tribune reported Wednesday evening.

The newspaper quoted family members of Grant who said officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told them that Mehserle was due for release from the Los Angeles County Men’s Jail in Downtown LA after serving a sentence for an involuntary manslaughter charge.

BART Police Shooting »

[By Steven Luo | 3 Dec 2010 | 7 Comments]
Johannes Mehserle

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge denied bail to former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle at a hearing Friday afternoon, dismissing a defense motion that sought the release of the former transit officer from jail pending an appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction.

“This court sincerely believes [Mehserle’s conviction] will not be reversed” on appeal, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry explained.

BART Police Shooting »

[By Beat News Service | 15 Nov 2010 | No Comments]
Johannes Mehserle

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer sentenced to two years in state prison for the shooting death of Oscar Grant in 2009, will return to Los Angeles County Superior Court on December 3 for a bail hearing, according to the Court.

Mehserle’s defense has requested that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry allow Mehserle to be released on bail pending an appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction. If Perry grants the motion, Mehserle could be released from custody after posting bond.

BART Police Shooting, Cover Stories »

Johannes Mehserle

On Friday morning, one of the final chapters of a tragic high-profile Bay Area story will be written.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge is set to sentence former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle on Friday for the shooting death of passenger Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station platform on January 1, 2009.

BART Police Shooting »

[By Tashina Manyak | 4 Oct 2010 | No Comments]
Former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle photographed by Oscar Grant moments before the fatal shooting. (Courtesy Los Angeles County Superior Court)

The defense for Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART Station New Year’s Day 2009, has filed a motion seeking a new trial, claiming “newly discovered evidence” supports Mehserle’s case.

BART Police Shooting »

[By Tashina Manyak | 26 Sep 2010 | No Comments]
Rally attendees formed a support circle to honor the women who lost Oscar Grant. (Courtesy Marcelina Verarde)

As Johannes Mehserle’s sentencing date nears, family members, friends and supports of the 22-year-old Hayward man he fatally shot nearly two years ago are ramping up their efforts to mobilize community groups and push for the maximum possible sentence for the ex-BART Police officer.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Tashina Manyak | 9 Jul 2010 | No Comments]
Cuate Juarez of the October 22 coalition told the crowd Mehserle's verdict was not enough to bring justice. (JENNIFER COURTNEY / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

The response in Los Angeles to the involuntary manslaughter conviction of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was largely peaceful.

Mehserle was charged with second degree murder by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for fatally shooting unarmed BART passenger Oscar Grant last year, but after six and a half hours of deliberation the jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter Thursday.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Tashina Manyak | 9 Jul 2010 | One Comment]
Grant's mother Wanda Johnson reacted angrily to the news that Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, not murder. "My son was murdered. He was murdered!" she said. (JENNIFER COURTNEY / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(7/9) — 00:15 PDT — LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury of eight women and four men convicted former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter Thursday afternoon, but acquitted him of the most serious charge he faced: second degree murder.