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Dean Pregerson

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Dean Pregerson
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   8/1/1996 - Present
Preceded by:   Wallace Tashima
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate:   University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1972
Law School:   University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, J.D., 1976

Dean Pregerson is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He joined the court in 1996 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.[1]

Early life and education

A native of California, Pregerson graduated from University of California-Los Angeles with his bachelor's degree in 1972 and later graduated from the University of California-Davis King Hall School of Law with his juris doctorate degree in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Pregerson began his legal career Parole hearing officer for the California Department of Corrections in 1977 before entering into private practice licensed in the State of California in 1978 and also served again as a private practice lawyer in California from 1982 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1996. Pregerson briefly was licensend in Guam in 1982. Pregerson also served as a Assistant public defender of the Public Defender Service Corporation of Guam from 1978 to 1981 and also served as Vice president and general counsel of the The Torrance Company in 1985.[1]

Judicial career

Central District of California

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstien and Barbara Boxer, Pregerson was nominated by President Bill Clinton on January 26, 1996, to a seat vacated by Wallace Tashima as Tashima was nominated to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Pregerson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 24, 1996 on a majority voice vote and received commission on August 1, 1996[2][1]

Notable cases

Withheld medical treatment for detainee (2008)

     United States District Court for the Central District of California (Castaneda v. The United States of America California et al, 2:07-cv-07241-DDP-JC)

Judge Dean Pregerson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled that immigration officials' decision to withhold medical treatment from a detainee was "beyond cruel and unusual". The detainee, Francisco Castaneda, died of penile cancer on February 16, 2008.

According to the suit, the government denied the detainee treatment for eleven months, refusing to authorize a biopsy for a growing lesion despite the urging of numerous medical professionals. Instead, the government gave Castaneda antihistamines, ibuprofen, and extra boxer shorts. The judge characterized the treatment in his ruling as "nothing".

"Pregerson blasted public health officials' 'attempt to sidestep responsibility for what appears to be . . . one of the most, if not the most, egregious' violations of the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment that 'the court has ever encountered'."[3]

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Judge Pregerson's Biography at the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. "THOMAS" Nomination of Dean Pregerson, February 16, 2009
  3. Los Angeles Times, "Fed's actions 'beyond cruel'," March 18, 2008]
Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Wallace Tashima
Central District of California
Succeeded by:

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