We don’t need 45,000 sealed indictments, 700 will do

So let’s talk about these 45,000 or so sealed federal indictments that are referred to by many as a sign the Storm is Coming.

There are many procedural reasons for a sealed indictment and most are not nefarious in nature.

So as a journalist with access to PACER, which is a service that tracks all of the Federal court cases and many state courts, I took a look.

There are many sealed document filings you can throw out right away. Those that deal with bankruptcy and appellate cases, since they have no bearing on these alleged charges. You also have to remember the 45,000 is a running number. Cases that are unsealed and prosecuted do not come off that total.

The actual open federal criminal cases with sealed indictments is only about 2,500 currently and like I said that number will fluctuate as some of the cases today will not be on the list tomorrow if they are unsealed.

So with all that being said. We really don’t need 45,000 people criminally charged in the federal court system for the draining of the swamp to be effective. Hell by my math 700 sealed indictments against a core group of evil doers would go along way to cleaning up DC.

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7 thoughts on “We don’t need 45,000 sealed indictments, 700 will do

    • There are numerous reasons for sealing indictments and federal judges are granting it more and more for privacy. Bankruptcy cases alone make up a large percentage of these cases.

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  1. Good article… you are correct that the 50k claim is bogus. One correction: bankruptcy and appellate cases are not included in the 50k number. I recently wrote a blog post that breaks down every single aspect of the claim, including PACER files, and conversations with the team that maintains the 50k chart. The claim is provably false. Feel free to reference or share my article, if you think it is useful. https://t.co/kghLEO3M7E

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  2. I said in another post that bankruptcy and appellate cases are not included in their 45k (now up to 57k) amount, to begin with. The 45k number consists of ONLY district court records, not bankruptcy or appellate court records. Do you not feel that should be corrected in your article?

    Also, this line: “The actual open federal criminal cases with sealed indictments is only about 2,500 currently”. It isn’t possible to know if a sealed document is an indictment or not, so where is the 2500 figure from? Did you mean to say there are 2500 sealed cases with the case type ‘criminal’?

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