Court Watch #1: The Inaugural Issue
Subway Shooters, NASA Scams, and Typewriters
Welcome to the inaugural post for Court Watch. This is a weekly roundup of all the most interesting federal court filings, from search warrants, indictments, to everything in between. The goal is to give the reader direct access to primary source documents. As such, you’ll see a newsletter filled with links to the actual court records. (Court Watch uses RECAP, you should too).
My hope is we’ll break some news, highlight some fascinating documents, and build a community.
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First some administrative points, I’ll aim to publish a weekly newsletter every Friday. If you like what you see, please subscribe here. The subscription will help offset the PACER fees, which we can all aggressively agree is a racket. Additionally, for a limited time, if you become a founding member, you get an online zoom training by me on how to traverse the federal court system. I’ll work with you to set a time that works best for both of us. For monthly paid subscribers, every quarter I’ll pick a random subscriber to get a free training so hit that subscribe button.
A bit about me: I have a weird knack for finding the unfindable in the byzantine federal court records system. I have uncovered a sealed indictment which charged Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange which led to international and national coverage. I unearthed a law enforcement investigation into wide-spread public corruption scandal at the L.A. City Council, federal investigations into two sitting members of Congress, a FBI arrest of a Coast Guard officer with white supremacist sympathies and a media hit list, the investigation into a darkweb user who threatened dozens of Jewish Centers in the United States, the public identification of a high-ranking American ISIS member, and the spying on the Walmart CEO’s emails, to name just a few.
This is all to say, everyone has hobbies. I just happen to have a particularly esoteric one. Let’s at least put it to good use.
Here’s what you may have missed in the federal dockets this week.
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