research and commentary on the 4,289 (2017 Nov) and then 203,495 (2020 Sep 30) sealed Federal criminal cases / sealed indictments / sealed activity

2021/12/15 - perhaps the final word on the sealed activity

The potential anomaly of the sealed indictments has been overtaken by recent events. I have plenty of other reasons to think Q's "storm" and "show" are ongoing. The just-previous link is my continuation of this page.

As for the sealed activity, as the saying goes, "more research is needed," and I'm not sure it's important enough anymore to research. At least, it's rather far down my list.

2021/04/23 update and yet another recap / rethink

As of today, the sealed cases / indictments / activity keeps coming. Some-to-many of these indictments may have been served by the US military per the discussion between Senator Graham and then-Judge Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing. I give some of my analysis in my West Wing article.

Here is "MA8". 450 out of 512 cases from 3/12/2021 - 4/23/2021 are sealed (88%).

clarifications going back to the beginning / rethinking some of this

I should call these data "sealed activity." The 2009 report that is a large part of the basis for my interest does break down the 1,077 sealed cases (page 17), and only 284 of those 1,077 "cases" are sealed indictments. With that said, the report says that only 1.6% of "cases" / activity are sealed--that is, the 1,077 is the numerator for that 1.6%. Today I found 88% rather than 1.6% (55X or 55 times). There have always been questions about the meaning of these numbers, but I still think I am comparing apples to apples, or at least a fruit close enough to an apple. Whether these are sealed indictments or not, there has been much, much greater sealed activity for 3.5 years relative to 2006, which is the year that the report that came out in 2009 was studying.

There is nothing at all suspicious (sarcasm) about a writer named Rothschild weighing in on this, but I will cite the article for reasons I mention below.

As I believe I have said elsewhere, the indictments were much more important weeks after Q started posting. Since there, the evidence that Q is a US military operation is all but conclusive. As I start to sketch out in the "West Wing" article linked above, there are a number of good sources and indicators that the operation is ongoing. I keep thinking we are weeks away from the operation being very public, but I continue to see reasons why the operation should stay somewhat secret. There is so much obvious weird stuff that I can't really call the operation secret.

With that said, because of Rothschild I finally read page 17 more carefully. On one hand, I feel a bit sheepish, but on the other hand the point is that there is much, much more sealed activity, whatever that activity is.

writer Rothschild citation

Rothschild, Michael. Inside the 25,000 sealed indictments fueling the QAnon conspiracy. URL above. DailyDot.com. First Published: Aug 2, 2018, 6:30 am; shows a timestamp of Jan 27, 2021, 2:48 am when retrieved 2021/04/24 00:12 (AM) EDT (UTC -4).

"Writer" as opposed to the "bankers."

2021/03/11 update

Today I did searches for Massachusetts and the Federal District of Western Kentucky. For MA, from March 1, 2021 through March 11, 109 out of 123 cases filed during those 11 days are sealed. In KYW, I went from 2/1 through today (3/11) and found 97 / 172 cases sealed.

I may or may not post the new reports. We get closer by the day to the point that this will be public.

2021/02/19 - recap/update

Below is my statistical evidence that sealed Federal indictments were being pumped out at 60 times their normal rate from late 2017 until at least September, 2020. (I have not looked since.) I post my results from the PACER Federal docket. Anyone can get an account and search 150 pages per quarter for free. In some of my results below I give pages per search.

Since late 2017 there was a team of people exhaustively documenting the indictments. (I have links and IDs below, but there is no telling how easy or hard they may be to find now. It's the sort of information that Big Tech has "censored" more and more for years, or perhaps more properly it's the sort of people.) I call my evidence "statistical" because I searched a small subset of the team's results. My results were close enough to identical that, statistically speaking, I have every reason to believe that the team's results are accurate.

The team got started looking for indictments because it was one of the first topics Q / QAnon posted about. There is evidence that the Q operation is about to get very dramatically public. Put another way, the indictments for some world-famous names may be served soon.

question for my readers

As of 2021/02/19, for months I have been getting enormous (for me) Google traffic on this page--something like 700 hits a month. Out of this, only one person has contacted me. I'm wondering, broadly speaking, how you got here; I invite more contacts. My contact info is on my resume. Yes, yes, from some of your perspectives, GMail is a nonstarter. I may create a web form for you to leave a better address through Tor or otherwise send stuff one way. I do have a ProtonMail. On one hand, I have "built" Android phones without a Google account or Google Apps, so this topic is of interest. On the other hand, my attitude is that they can take my opinions, stuff them into their algorithms, and smoke them. I enjoy broadcasting their impending doom. I'm also trying to be more and more public--get to the point where what I say privately and publicly is about the same.

Update: 2020, October 15

The filing rate of Federal sealed criminal cases (indictments) has been 65 times the usual from October, 2017 through September, 2020, and will likely continue at that rate. Below I show several thousand sealed cases that I personally downloaded off my PACER account, which is the Federal court docket.

A team of people have been totaling the sealed cases for 3 years. Their count from October 30, 2017 until September 30, 2020 is 203,495. A 2009 Federal Judicial Center report, on page 17, counts 1,077 sealed cases in all of 2006. If you crunch the numbers, the latest rate is 65 times for the last 3 years. At various times that rate has been 68, from memory.

Most likely, these indictments have to do with US Attorney John Durham. In the past, US Attorney John Huber's name was mentioned; I'm not sure what happened to him. In the last few months I've also heard the name of US Attorney John Bash. (Yes, they are all named John.) It seems that these or other US Attorneys have been given special authority to file across the country, outside of the titular jurisdictions.

Below are some of my own search results from PACER. I match my results against "the team's." My raw results match their raw results. I'm only seeing a fraction of the total, but the names of the non-sealed cases match "the team's" results' names, and everything otherwise matches or is close enough. "Close enough" given that I wasn't searching at the exact same time, some cases would be unsealed, etc. The point being that, statistically speaking, "the team" is accurate.

My own PACER results, below, had better be intact because this is my web site, but I know that many of my links lead to suspended accounts and whatnot. I ask you to consider that these links are unavailable because the owners of the various companies (Twitter, YouTube, etc.) "have an agenda," to put it politely. There has been yet another YouTube account purge just in the last day or two.

As for the various suspended accounts, for now I'll simply refer you to Praying Medic's own website. His name is Dave Hayes, and he also has books on Amazon under both names. (At least, his books are on Amazon for now.)

I'll also note again that you can get a PACER account for free and search 150 pages for free every quarter. You have to either give them a credit card or wait for a snail mail confirmation. I gave them a credit card, and I've never been charged because I've stayed under the limit. I did read their terms of service, and it all boiled down to "pay us if you owe us." I've never owed them.

Below you can calculate what 150 pages gets you, but, roughly, it's gotten me several thousand sealed cases over the course of 3 or so quarters.

I did one more search in March, 2020 that I have not yet posted here. I am not sure if I ever will. I am convinced that the sealed indictments are real. The only question is what the significance is and when that significance will be clear.

Other references through October, 2020

Update: March 31, 2019

The count is now 88,350. Here is one Tweet with the table.

I pulled a new sample from PACER, further below. The Massachusettes search was not chosen randomly, but the rest of the searches are randomly selected districts in order to get a proper sample. You can pull 149 or 150 "pages" for free ($15 or less than $15 at 10c per page) each quarter (ending in March, June, September, and December), so I used up my quota. Note that you must be careful with Arizona, presumably because there are so many immigration / invasion cases. Arizona almost blew my quota. It may be the same with the other border states.

Note that in MA6, I happened to pull Felicity Huffman's indictment listing. For the record, I knew the name but don't really recognize her, and I've only seen her in bit parts. Also note that one reason the Feds may be prosecuting that is to introduce the public to the term "pay to play." Dr. Dave Janda speculates about that around the 29:11 minute:sec mark.

Searches that say ending on 4/1 actually ended on 3/31 because I did all these searches before the end of the day on 3/31.

Federal criminal cases - March 2019 update
filed sealed
(my cnt)
totseal%full name
NH2 03/01/2019 - 04/01/2019 29 29 44 66% New Hampshire - 2
NE1 03/01/2019 - 04/01/2019 61 61 95 64% Nebraska - 1
MT1 03/01/2019 - 04/01/2019 26 26 61 43% Montana - 1
MA6 12/31/2018 - 04/01/2019 618 - 801 77% Massachusettes - 6
KYW2 12/01/2018 - 04/01/2019 269 - 378 71% Kentucky - West - 2
IAN1 03/01/2019 - 04/01/2019 53 52 72 74% Idaho - North - 1
AZ1 03/01/2019 - 04/01/2019 159 159 1078 15% Arizona - 1
MOE1 03/01/2019 - 04/01/2019 29 11 161 18% Missouri - East - 1

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)
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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