April 23, 2005

Judge Jon D. Ferguson

by Ed Butler

Analogous perhaps to riding the wild surf, Judge Jon D. Ferguson shifted in short order recently from prosecuting a high profile homicide to becoming a newborn Superior Court judge of San Bernardino County. Raised in Rialto and a deputy district attorney for the past 16 years, Judge Ferguson now presides over criminal pre-preliminary and preliminary hearings at the Victorville District of the court.He was appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger Feb. 16 and sworn into office
approximately a month later.

After cutting his teeth on a couple dozen trials for alleged driving under the influence, Judge Ferguson's prosecutorial career included several years in the career criminal unit, several years of felony trials including mostly murder cases, and the last couple of years in the prison lifer hearing unit. In this last assignment, he traveled to various prisons around the state to testify against the granting of parole to life incarcerees.Judge Ferguson says the role of judge attracted him after all his
time in the courtroom, having admired judges and wondering if he could serve in that capacity. He feels his personality is suited to the role, and that he has been inclined to view cases objectively.

Growing up in Rialto, he enjoyed sports including Little League and competing on the tennis team at Eisenhower High School. He also enjoyed biking, skateboarding and backpacking. He earned his bachelor's degree at UC Riverside, where he undertook a double major of sociology and law and society.
He earned his law degree at the University of San Diego School of Law and was admitted to the California bar in 1988. His other activities have included teaching several criminal justice classes at National University, San Bernardino satellite campus. He also has taught for the county sheriff's academy and National College of District Attorneys and has served as trustee of the Law Library for San Bernardino County.

Judge Ferguson and wife Casey live in Rancho Cucamonga with a daughter, 9, and son, 7. The judge fills the office from which Judge Walter Blackwell retired.

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Ed Butler is Rancho Cucamonga branch manager of the Law Library for
San Bernardino County