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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Further, given that a defendant can use only that classified information that is relevant and helpful to his defense, using such information hardly constitutes "engaging in 'greymail' to derail legitimate prosecutions." (149) When the government gives a defendant a classified document that the Federal Rules entitle him to deploy in furtherance of his defense, it is of little consequence that the government would prefer it remain undisclosed to the public.