Graymail


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Graymail

1. To force a government to alter its policy by threatening to reveal state secrets. Graymail especially refers to situations in which one forces the government to drop criminal or civil proceedings. In other words, graymail is blackmail of a government.

2. To request the use of state secrets in a criminal or civil proceeding in order to bolster one's case.
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This safeguard would preclude artful defense attorneys from using the Section 4 hearing to pinpoint sensitive information without having to navigate voluminous recordings, in order to facilitate graymail.
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See generally House Hearings, supra note 15 (noting concerns about graymail when discussing the proposed legislation); Senate Hearings, supra note 16 (discussing the problems of graymail that prompted the proposed legislation).
In standard insider cases, the government's interest in not being graymailed has been held to outweigh the harm caused by unbalanced discovery burdens.
the EEA and the attendant possibility of "graymail" raises a
(229) The Navy-Marine court concluded that CIPA was intended to counter the problem of "graymail" then seeping into United States criminal courts.
96-456, at 2 (1980)) (defining Graymail as a tactic of threatening to disclose classified information during the course of the prosecution in order to influence prosecutorial discretion).
To do so would merely require the defendant to reduce "graymail" to writing.