One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tactic used by the defense in a spy trial, involving the threat to expose government secrets unless charges against the defendant are dropped.
- ‘Graymail is a defense gambit not available to most criminal suspects.’
- ‘The risk of graymail can arise in various circumstances.’
- ‘But I suspect there's a very good reason behind not going to trial and seeking a death penalty, and that's the phenomenon of ‘graymail.’’
- ‘To call this graymail or blackmail is to demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of criminal jurisprudence.’
- ‘Instead, the court's decision, though formally upholding the review requests of the United States and NATO, provides a roadmap for defendants to pursue graymail strategies in the future.’
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