|Terry Brown works in his office in the Joshua Tree courthouse. Brown oversees deputy district attorneys prosecuting cases in the Morongo Basin.|
By Alexis Cubit Hi-Desert Star | Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 7:00 pm
From the time he was a little boy watching his father as a peace officer, Terry Brown has been passionate about a career in law.
Brown’s first experience with the court environment came in high school, where he participated in a moot court-like program where students took part in simulated cases. Brown enjoyed it so much, he studied law at Southern California College, now Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, and went on to attend McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While in law school, he clerked for a district attorney’s office and the department of corrections.
Trial advocacy allowed Brown to be a prosecutor in a mock criminal trial, using members of the community as the jury. The deeper Brown got into the field, the greater his desire to practice law became.
Some of his most memorable cases came from his five-year stint in Central San Bernardino, where he handled the homicide unit. In late 2011 when he prosecuted a cold case from 1989 where a woman was violently killed and left on the side of the road on Highway 38. With new technologies and DNA evidence, the defendant was brought to trial and convicted of first-degree murder.
Brown spent nearly 17 years with San Bernardino before being promoted to supervising district attorney for the Morongo Basin office in Joshua Tree last June.
Despite a heavy workload, Brown believes the cooperation of everyone in the office makes it easier.
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