The Government Is Trying to Make It Impossible For Reality Winner to Defend Herself in Court
Publisher: The Intercept
Date Written: 05/12/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21773
The Justice Department is engaged in a multi-pronged effort to hamstring Reality Winner's defense against charges of violating the Espionage Act behind cumbersome classification rules.
In a brief filed on November 27, Winner's defense team accused federal prosecutors of using secrecy rules to stifle their ability to do even basic research about the case. They're arguing that "a number of limitations and concerns have arisen that present a serious obstacle to the defense's ability to gather evidence and prepare its case, and that are contrary to the Constitution and the presumption of openness in federal courts."
The restrictions imposed by the government for operating under the law impose a huge burden on the defense team. And the stringent rules, along with other arguments the prosecution is making to the judge, could leave Winner little room to make her case.