As the federal trial court in Washington works to correct years of clerical errors, dozens of unsealed court documents that were not easily accessible in the past are being published online for the first time.
The court began a review earlier this year into how unsealed documents remained hidden from the public. U.S. District Senior Judge Royce Lamberth, who is leading the inquiry, said today the court is still reviewing cases dating back to 2005. In the meantime, he said, the court will make documents and other information available online as the information is discovered.
The documents now available include affidavits for search warrants and other filings from high-profile cases such as the criminal prosecution of former Louisiana congressman William Jefferson and the investigation into anthrax attacks in 2001.