Vicki Ashworth announces candidacy for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge
On Feb. 21, veteran criminal prosecutor Vicki Ashworth announced her candidacy for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 1. With more than 16 years of experience successfully prosecuting cases ranging from sexual assault to special-circumstance homicide, Ashworth is endorsed by El Dorado County a Superior Court judge, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, fellow prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement leaders and local residents.
“I have dedicated my career to protecting victims’ rights and ensuring that our judicial system serves everyone equitably,” said Ashworth. “I would be honored to serve the people of El Dorado County as a judge who consistently upholds their constitutional rights and never legislates from the bench.”
After graduating in 1996 from the McGeorge School of Law with a focus on criminal law, Ashworth began her prosecutorial career in the Amador County District Attorney’s Office, where she worked her way up to an independent and serious caseload in just two years. In 1999, she joined the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office as a deputy DA, taking on a wide range of criminal-court assignments and successfully obtaining notable convictions.
Recognizing Ashworth’s accomplishments, El Dorado County Assistant Presiding Judge James R. Wagoner said she has “handled many serious and high-profile cases in my court. I can think of no better or more qualified person to be my colleague on the bench.”
Ashworth is active in her community. She volunteers her time as a greeter at her church, a mentor attorney for the El Dorado County Teen Court program, and serves as an attorney coach for the Ponderosa High School Mock Trial Team. For many years, she volunteered at Green Valley School and with the Girl Scouts of America. She is also a member of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis International, Placerville Chapter.
She and her husband, Bob, a captain with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, have two children. Their son, who completed a tour in Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Army for three years, was recently honorably discharged and now attends college full-time. Their daughter is a freshman at a local high school.
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About Vicki Ashworth
Vicki has been a prosecutor for more than 16 years. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Hayward, Vicki went to work for the
California State Bar Association in the State Bar Court Division.
Attending McGeorge School of Law with a focus on criminal law, Vicki worked in the Community Legal Services office which assisted indigent members of the community. Upon graduation from McGeorge, Vicki volunteered at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office writing motions and handling hearings in court.
Continuing to build her legal experience and knowledge, Vicki accepted a position with the
Amador County District Attorney’s Office. In just 2 years with Amador County, Vicki worked
her way up to an independent and serious caseload. In 1999 she accepted a position as
Deputy District Attorney with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.
Vicki has served in her position as Deputy District Attorney in El Dorado County for 14 years. She has held every assignment within the District Attorney’s Office from general felonies to sexual assault, insurance fraud, domestic violence, and special circumstance homicide cases. She is currently assigned to the general felony court which handles hundreds of cases each week.
Notable work includes the prosecution of People v. Richard Hamlin, an attorney who was convicted of torture and domestic violence in 2006, and is currently serving a life sentence. Additionally, in 2011, Vicki prosecuted the case of People v. Morris Greenberg which involved the shooting death of a local young man. Greenberg, a retired police officer from the Bay Area, was convicted of homicide and is currently serving a sentence of 50 years to life in prison.
Vicki, along with her husband Bob and their two children, has called El Dorado County home for over 14 years. Bob is currently a Captain with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Kurtis, 22, after serving three years in the United States Army, including a tour in Afghanistan, was recently honorably discharged and is a full time college student. Taylor, 14, is a Freshman in high school.
Vicki provides services to her community through various involvements: For many years she volunteered at Green Valley School and with the Girl Scouts of America. She continues to volunteer as a greeter at her church, as a mentor attorney for Teen Court, and serves as an attorney/coach for the Ponderosa High School Mock Trial Team.