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Dean Pregerson

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Dean Pregerson
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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
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate:   University of California, Los Angeles, 1972
Law School:   University of California, Davis, 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]


Pregerson received his undergraduate degree from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1972 and his J.D. from the University of California-Davis King Hall School of Law in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Pregerson began his legal career as a parole hearing officer for the California Department of Corrections in 1977. He then entered private practice, licensed in the State of California in 1978. He worked again as a private practice lawyer in California from 1982 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1996. Pregerson briefly was licensed in Guam in 1982. Pregerson also served as an 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 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 United States Senate on July 24, 1996, on a majority voice vote. He 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]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Wallace Tashima
Central District of California
Succeeded by:

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