Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What's on our docket?

I thought I might give you a rundown of the cases that appeared on Monday's docket, to give you an idea of what a typical day in court looks like.

Overall, there were 32 defendants on the docket, with a total of 40 cases between them.
Of these, five defendants were mine (so to speak), with nine cases between them.

Oh, wait, I should let you know that Mondays we see a lot of cases that are in the grand jury division, they appear on the docket even though they are still unindicted (i.e., not yet presented to the grand jury, and therefore not assigned to any of the ADAs in our court). There were 18 cases for 16 defendants in this category.

So that leaves us with: 19 defendants with 23 cases.

Here's a list of all cases (including unindicted ones) to give you an idea of the range, divided up into the felony categories. My cases will be the green ones:

First degree felonies:
Agg sex assault of a child
Possession of Controlled Substance (POCS)

Second degree felonies:
Burglary of habitation (5 cases) -- one of these is mine
Agg assault with deadly weapon (4 cases) -- two of these are mine
Sexual assault
Sexual assault of a child
Possession of Controlled Substance (POCS)
Agg assault causing serious bodily injury

Third degree felonies:
Execution of document by fraud
Possession of Controlled Substance (POCS) (3 cases)
Assault family violence
Bail jumping
Theft (between $20k and $100k)
Injury to a child
DWI 3rd or more

State jail felonies:
Credit card abuse
Possession of Controlled Substance (POCS)
Cruelty to animal (stabbing a dog!)
Burglary of a building
DWI with child passenger
Attempt to obtain prescription drugs by fraud (2 cases) -- both of these are mine
Forgery of financial instrument
Criminal mischief
Theft from a corpse (yes, you read that right!)


  1. Do you have a favorite or least favorite type of case to handle?

  2. Great questions and you might think so, but atually, no, not really.
    Part of the reason I love my job is the sheer variety of cases. Not only are the charges different, but the facts of each case (even when the charge is the same) make it endlessly varied and interesting.


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