The chief judge of Washington's federal district court said he expects the court will have to review hundreds of arrest and search warrant dockets after learning this week that the clerk's office failed to publicly file an unsealed search warrant in a high-profile government leaks case.
In an order entered today, U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth apologized for a series of administrative errors that resulted in the continued secrecy of materials that had been previously unsealed in the case against Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a former government adviser accused of leaking classified information about North Korea. The order was first reported by The Washington Post. As part of the leaks investigation, prosecutors obtained a search warrant to review Fox News reporter James Rosen's e-mails.
In an interview today, Lamberth said the mistakes were the result of human error in the clerk's office and he had no sense yet of whether similar problems occurred in other cases. "We're a public institution, we're accountable to the public," Lamberth said. "We shouldn't allow this to happen."