Open Ninth

The Improbable Road

A conversation with Judge Jeff Ashton

Episode 74 of Open Ninth - The Improbable Road

No matter where you live – be it Central Florida or anywhere else in the country – it is more than likely that you have heard of Jeff Ashton. Being the prosecutor assigned to the Casey Anthony trial catapulted him into the national limelight. But, did you also know that he was the first prosecutor to successfully win a conviction using DNA evidence? Or that he is a best-selling author? Or a devoted father to seven children? Having run for a circuit judgeship in 2018 and winning, Jeff Ashton is now Judge Ashton. Listen in as he shares stories from his life with our host, Chief Judge Fred Lauten and gives us a glimpse at his improbable road to the bench.

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In this episode

Frederick J. Lauten


Jeffrey L. Ashton

Circuit Judge

Judge Ashton was elected to the Circuit bench in 2018. He currently serves in the Domestic Violence Division in Orange County.