In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal search warrant materials and related filings in connection with United States v. Leong et al., 21-CR-142 LEK. Search warrants typically are withheld from the public before an indictment is filed so that potential targets cannot prematurely learn about the criminal investigation and destroy evidence or flee the jurisdiction. The indicted defendants in the Leong case, however, have access to the requested search warrants through discovery, so the Government and the defendants will need a different compelling reason for withholding the warrants and related filings from the public.  The motion has been assigned to the Honorable Leslie E. Kobayashi.  Judge Kobayashi will hear the motion on October 17.  No. 22-MC-438.