graymail

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graymail

Email that a spam filter cannot analyze sufficiently to determine if it is legitimate or not. Graymail is often not spam, but may be newsletters that people once subscribed to or product offerings to customers who purchased from the vendor before. See spam.

The original term refers to the threat of releasing classified government documents in order to influence legal proceedings. To counter graymail, the 1980 U.S. Graymail Law allows judges to review classified material in secret.
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Oregon, the Supreme Court noted that "the State's inherent information-gathering advantages suggest that if there is to be any imbalance in discovery rights, it should work in the defendant's favor." (145) Responding to the applicability of Wardius, the North court observed that "the State's inherent information gathering advantages are matched by the defendant's opportunities for engaging in 'greymail' to derail legitimate prosecutions." (146) This sensible reasoning, which assured the rejection of first-generation CIPA challenges, has little relevance to today's outsider cases.
Take the practice of "greymail" as pioneered in the perjury defenses of various government officials, such as CIA director Richard Helms, who lied to Congress about the agency's involvement in the overthrow of Salvador Allende.
Law plot, obtaining continuances until a terminally ill witness dies), forum shopping, greymail, digging up dirt on the prosecutor,(117) appealing to a jury's racism, or the legendary Clarence Darrow tactic: smoking a cigar with a wire running through it lengthwise, so that during the prosecutor's closing argument the jury would become fascinated and distracted by Darrow's ever-lengthening cigar ash.