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Death to the sticky?

I rooted myself at the dining room table and attempted to chip away at the next day's 8:30 a.m criminal docket. The dockets in Rockville's district court are always heavier than in Silver Spring's. The types of crimes vary with the demographics. Rockville covers the more affluent areas, like Potomac and Bethesda, where auto thefts, prescription fraud and financial crimes are more common. Silver Spring invites cases from Wheaton, Takoma Park and other areas bordering the District of Columbia; the majority of cases are drug possession, disorderly conduct, public drinking and the occasional shoplifting. I immersed myself in docket preparation shortly after dinner. The first step was to create my "sticky" for each case scheduled on the docket, the art of summarizing an entire case file within the confines of a 4-by-6- inch Post-it note. On the top left corner, I write the defendant’s name. In the top center, the date and location of the violation. To the right, the name of the attorney, if any. Also included is the list of the charges, the witnesses subpoenaed, the factual proffer, the defendant’s criminal history, the state’s offer and recommendation and a blank space for the disposition of the case when resolved in court. The objective of the sticky is to have uniformity in case preparation so that any other ASA could pick up a file in court and try the case based on the information on the sticky. Once complete, it is meticulously placed (or stuck) on the left corner of the front of the case file.

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