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research and commentary on the 4,289 (Nov 2017) and then 66,568 (Nov 2018) sealed Federal indictments / cases

Update: December 31, 2018

Recap of importance

A study by the Federal Judicial Center says, "We found 1,077 sealed criminal cases among 66,458 criminal cases filed in 2006 (1.6%)." That is presumably normal. The previous year (November 2017 - October 2018 or December 2017 - November 2018, take your pick) had around 60,000 sealed cases, with percentages in certain Federal districts as high as 88% of all cases sealed. The number of sealed cases indicates something historic. Then add QAnon to the mix, and we hope that this indicates a coming and continuing Trump cleanup of pedophilia / child trafficking, treason, espionage, etc. Based on QAnon and the sealed indictments, I tend to think this means Trump's conception of "The Swamp" is as large as we can possibly imagine. Hopefully the cases will be unsealed and this will be obvious to all soon.

More on QAnon, etc.

I'm beyond ready to go on the record on the reality of Q / QAnon / Q Clearance Anon / Q Clearance Anonymous / Q Clearance Patriot. Q started people looking into the sealed indictments with "his" first posts in late October, 2017. Into December, 2018, "he" has mentioned them a number of times. I say "he" because, for one, Q is mostly a select group of US military intelligence officers. I suspect there is one person doing most or all of the posting, though. I'll go with "he" based on probability. Supposedly, Q's identity will be revealed relatively soon (a few more months?). If the main Q spokesperson is a she, great. Or perhaps I should not justify my pronouns to begin with. In this case, though, I'm making it clear that I don't know who Q is.

Q started posting to 4chan.org in late October, 2017, and then moved to 8ch.net (8chan) within a few weeks. Q has stayed on 8ch ever since. He mostly posts on the 8ch qresearch board and Patriots Fight. With that said, in my limited attempts, I haven't had much luck navigating 8ch. I use other means to keep up:

There are several Q consolidator sites that "pluck" the Q posts out of 8ch. I use qanon.pub. Sometimes that site gets overwhelmed and / or is attacked. Praying Medic posts usually on YouTube and usually mirrors on Vimeo. He starts his videos with other consolidator sites.

SGTReport on YouTube also keeps up with Q. (Also see SGTReport.com, Liberty Mill, and The Phaser ("stun 'em with truth").)

There is good evidence that Q is very close to Trump.

November, 2018 PACER nuts-and-bolts: evidence of the indictments

PACER is the US Federal court records electronic database ("Public Access to Court Electronic Records"). As the full name implies, anyone can get an account, so I did. Based on my small subset of what others (listed below) are searching, the 66,000+ number is real. I present my own PACER searches below.

I found the latest Google Drive folder by Debbie Maguire for November 2018. The folder I found by Don Martin ended in October, 2018. The end-of-November 2018 grand total is 66,568 sealed cases filed since October 30, 2017.

I found the November 2018 count from this Tweet by "Livid." I found her with a Google search, without the quotes, of "November 2018 #SealedIndictments site:twitter.com".

This time I'm starting with Massachusetts search 3 (MA3), meaning my own search for MA #3. Because time has passed since Maguire's search, my results aren't identical, but note that they are very close. The same goes for all my searches.

I perhaps obviously have a particular interest in Massachusetts. Beyond Mass., one can do $15 worth of searches without paying. In other words, if you don't go over what would otherwise be $15 worth, PACER doesn't charge anything. So, I'll do literally random searches on November 2018 to add more credibility to others' (such as Maguire's) lists.

In the first table below, the percentage of sealed indictments is based on my count / my search. "Team" refers to Don Martin, Debbie Maguire, "Livid," and others who are keeping exhaustive counts.

Federal criminal cases - December 2018 update
filed sealed
(my cnt)
sealed
team
totseal%full namecostteam doc
MA3 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018 214 181 288 74% Massachusetts - 3 1.10 team-MA-2018-11
MA4 03/31/2018 - 10/31/2018 1,297 - 1,724 75% Massachusetts - 4 6.20
MA5 12/01/2018 - 12/30/2018 157 - 211 74% Massachusetts - 5 0.80
IAS1 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018 64 74 92 70% Iowa - South - 1 0.40 team-IAS-2018-11
NYW1 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018 51 48 94 54% New York - West - 1 0.50 team-NYW-2018-11
MN1 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018 6 5 73 8% Minnesota - 1 0.50 team-MN-2018-11
WY1 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018 0 0 18 0% Wyoming - 1 0.20 team-WY-2018-11
ID1 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018 16 13 57 28% Idaho - 1 0.40 team-ID-2018-11
WIE1 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018 15 16 34 44% Wisconsin - East - 1 0.20 team-WIE-2018-11
WVN1 11/01/2018 - 12/03/2018 28 29 49 57% West Virginia - North - 1 0.40 team-WVN-2018-11
NH1 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018 21 26 33 64% New Hampshire - 1 0.20 team-NH-2018-11
ALN1 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018 19 30 55 35% Alabama - North - 1 0.30 team-ALN-2018-11
KYW1 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018 54 76 104 52% Kentucky - West - 1 0.50 team-KYW-2018-11

"The Team"

Next is the list from the "Livid" Tweet I mentioned above. These are some of the folk keeping the exhaustive totals: @Arazel50, @Avery1776, @damartin32, @emarie1225, @KathyMicale, @Mscipio_African, @Tspinnerchaser & @vstil (picfix).

How Can There Be So Many? United States Attorney John Huber, the Justice Department Inspector General, etc.

I addressed this months ago, but we now have more information. Based on Q and "mainstream" information, it seems that Attorney General Sessions tasked United States Attorney (for Utah) John Huber with this task. The Justice Department Inspector General has lent its investigators to "the task." Q (and probably the "mainstream," by now) says that ~470 investigators have been tasked. In the last few weeks, Q hinted that there is another US Attorney on the case(s), too.

Update: March 31, 2018

The latest number I heard is that there are 18,000 sealed criminal Federal cases / indictments. Based on my own queries to the PACER Federal Court docket and others' queries, this seems very possible. I am leaning towards this situation being unprecedented and earth-shaking, but I need to dig more at that question.

I did 10 more PACER searches yesterday: results below. I haven't done detailed analysis, but, again, that 18,000 sounds feasible. I am posting many 100s below.

When you click the report / query result links, the sealed cases are below the named / non-sealed cases. In my table below, I count the number of sealed cases as a "naive" search of the HTML page on "sealed v. sealed." There are almost certainly redundancies, especially between Jan, Feb, and March of this year. Even with redundancies, though, the numbers are huge. Also notice the percentage sealed.

Federal criminal cases
filed sealedtotseal%full namecost
CAC111/25/2017 - 12/31/201737547080% California, Central District, my search 1 2.10
CAC201/01/2018 - 01/31/201833239285% California, Central District, search 2 1.50
CAC302/01/2018 - 02/28/201846052588% California, Central District, s 3 2.00
DC1 11/26/2017 - 12/31/201710313576% Washington DC - s 1 0.60
DC2 01/01/2018 - 01/31/2018295850% Washington DC - 2 0.30
DC3 02/01/2018 - 03/30/20187412858% Washington DC - 3 0.60
MA1 11/25/2017 - 12/31/201718322581% Massachusetts - 1 0.80
MA2 01/01/2018 - 03/30/201858472980% Massachusetts - 2 2.50
ARE1 11/27/2017 - 03/30/20188627431% Arkansas, East - 1 1.60
ARW1 11/28/2017 - 03/30/20183910438% Arkansas, West - 1 0.60
OR1 10/30/2017 - 11/27/201741724% Oregon - 1 0.10
OR2 11/28/2017 - 02/15/2018158817% Oregon - 2 0.50

Note that PACER does not charge if you don't reach $15 in a quarter. Thus, my cost is the amount towards that $15 that should not be charged because those 12 searches total $13.20.

Original post from February

In late November, 2017, the claim was that there were 4,289 sealed Federal indictments filed over 3 - 4 weeks. I got a PACER account so that I could see for myself; anyone can get an account. As of Feb 17, 2018, I'm just starting my search. Given my tiny sampling (so far), the raw data of the claim is true. Here are results I'll call "Oregon 1" and "Oregon 2." The sealed cases are at the bottom.

In Don Martin's Google Drive folder, OR.pdf shows 7 sealed criminal cases in Oregon filed from 10/30/2017 - 11/27/2017. His summary shows all 4,289 in 94 Federal Districts, and his numbers do add up; I checked. That is, that document is self-consistent. I haven't looked for myself beyond Oregon yet.

In "my" file Oregon 1, I do the same dates that Martin did, although I'm searching 2.5 months later. Out of the 7 cases he shows, 4 are still sealed. Then I searched Oregon for all criminal cases filed from 11/28 (the day after Martin stopped) through 2/15. There are / were 15 new sealed cases, excluding "Martin's" because our filing date criteria do not overlap. It would appear that "Martin's" case #17-182 became "6:17-mj-00182-JR" aka "USA. v. [Juan] Vega." Obvious follow-up research would be to find out what the case is all about. Perhaps that's next.

Also note that the unsealed names in Martin's search match my Oregon 1 search. I have no idea who Don Martin is. Part of my goal was to see if the data passed a basic truth test. Again, with a small sampling of his work, so far, so good. I believe the search is for active cases, so I don't mean everything matches perfectly because 2.5 months passed between our searchs. I just mean that a number of names match.

What Others Have Said

"Against" the significance

I have some thoughts on what others have said about the significance of this. I use quotes below, but I'm not going for precise quoting.

"These are lawsuits such as patent lawsuits were a company doesn't want to reveal their suit or the trade secrets involved." Don Martin and I are searching the CRIMINAL docket, which does not include lawsuits. Similarly, people have cited "restraining orders." First of all, with some degree of certainty I doubt there are very many Federal restraining orders. Second, those wouldn't be in the criminal docket, either. Also notice that we're not searching "CVB Cases" which are Federal "petty offenses." See the search criteria at the bottom of our searches.

"They" have also said that these are sealed *cases*, not *indictments*. That's true in a very technical sense, but I'm not sure there is relevant distinction in this case. An indictment comes before the rest of a criminal case.

Then there is "It's impossible for grand juries to put out that many indictuments in a few weeks." There are 94 Federal Districts. The Central California district topped Martin's list at 375 sealed cases filed from 10/30 to 11/24. Haven't those of us with any legal interest heard the phrase "A prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich"? A grand jury can indict multiple people based on the same evidence. We don't know the delay between the indictment and the filing. Let's say for sake of argument that it's instantaneous. In not quite 4 business weeks, we'll call it 17 business days = 22 people a day (times 17 days = 375 sealed cases). We don't know how many grand juries were working in that district at the time; probably not but maybe more than one. It seems very possible.

Then there is "where is the buzz in the legal community"? Well, we're talking about the community of Federal, criminal defense attorneys. That's a small subset of law. My mother was an attorney; I seriously doubt she would have heard from that community. Also, if there was buzz, who would tell us? To say that the legacy media is unreliable is way beyond an epic understatement. The legacy media is epically dangerous. The media has aided and protected the people being indicted for decades if not (the same sorts of people) forever.

"For" the significance

Also, the Arkansas Times article *is* buzzing. As opposed to national, local media on average is hopefully occasionally useful.

Quoting from the article:

... But the burst of activity seems atypical. For the week ending today, for example, a grand total of two criminal cases (both identified) have been filed in all federal courts in the state.

[His graphic shows 8 sealed criminal cases in AR-W filed 11/13/2017 - 11/20 and 7 in AR-E 10/30 - 11/20. Martin's PDFs, linked below, largely match.]

A veteran criminal lawyer agrees the activity is striking. He notes, too, the gap in case numbers, with a batch dating to early in the year and some more recent. Maybe it's a bunch of bootlegging and welfare fraud cases. Or maybe it's something more exciting. In time, all will be revealed.

Better Questions

There is the question of how unusual this is. 4,289 sealed Federal criminal cases filed in 3 - 4 weeks strikes me as odd. My tiny sample shows more sealed cases, although at a slower filing pace than before. I shall look into this question.

What is this all about?

THAT is another discussion. If I say very much about that, I'll never get this posted. Maybe I'll come back to that.

other "works cited"

Hal Turner

From the Hal Turner Radio Show, Nov 27, 2017:

From October 30 through November 22, 2017, there are 4,289 sealed indictments filed in past 3 weeks in all 94 federal District Court Districts in the United States. This is utterly unprecedented in US history.

The "normal" is 1000 in 12 months.

Skuttlebutt from my former colleagues in the Intel Community is that the feds are going to "swoop" all of them in one massive action, to "drain the swamp."

...

These official court records show that between October 30 and November 22, 2017, a grand total of 4,289 SEALED Indictments/Cases now have docket Numbers from various federal courts. This has NEVER happened before.

Yes, there have been occasional SEALED cases- maybe three or four per District. It was previously considered "unusual" to have five or six such sealed cases.

Arkansas Times, 2017/11/28

Note the two graphics showing the case numbers. They match Martin's AR-W and AR-E.

More complete citation:

"A batch of sealed indictments have fueled the political speculation mill" Posted By Max Brantley on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 5:05 PM

April LaJune

Here are the 12 cases in DC from 11/5 - 11/9 that was from my understanding one of the first reports. That list was up to 76 when Don Martin got there. Note again the matching names and case numbers.

General Searches

I found April LaJune's post with "Criminal Cases Report" "U.S. District Court". Perhaps there are quite a few such results out there.

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