Protecting Classified Information and the Rights of Criminal Defendants: The Classified Information Procedures Act

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A criminal prosecution involving classified information may cause tension between the government's interest in protecting classified information and the criminal defendant's right to a constitutionally valid trial. In some cases, a defendant may threaten to disclose classified information in an effort to gain leverage. Concerns about this practice, referred to as "graymail," led the 96th Congress to enact the Classified Information Procedures Act to provide uniform procedures for prosecutions involving classified information.

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Location(s): United States
Creation Date: April 2, 2012
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Liu, Edward C.

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Garvey, Todd

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: April 2, 2012
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A criminal prosecution involving classified information may cause tension between the government's interest in protecting classified information and the criminal defendant's right to a constitutionally valid trial. In some cases, a defendant may threaten to disclose classified information in an effort to gain leverage. Concerns about this practice, referred to as "graymail," led the 96th Congress to enact the Classified Information Procedures Act to provide uniform procedures for prosecutions involving classified information.

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