Perry, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves now stationed in Florida, says his commander allowed him to return to New Orleans for a week last month. While on leave, Perry served as a temporary judge on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 for Juvenile Court Judge Yvonne Hughes, who had a death in her family, records show.
Back on military duty, Perry is awaiting further orders. In 1991, he was both an assistant city attorney and a Army reserve major when he was called up for the Gulf War. He was stationed in Saudi Arabia, where he remained for seven years after the war, working as a security adviser to Aramco, a Saudi Arabian oil company.
Perry returned to New Orleans in 1998. Last fall, he ran for the judicial seat won by Hughes, a Democrat. Perry, a Republican, says there is no quid pro quo in his temporary appointment to the bench. "I was flattered that Judge Hughes asked me to serve," he adds.