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.The efforts on the part of the prosecutors represent a broad push by the government to hamper Winner’s attempt to defend herself. They are seeking to prevent Winner’s lawyers from citing public news articles in open court, restricting their ability to research those public articles even in private, hiding several aspects of the case completely from public view, and arguing that someone charged under the Espionage Act is not even allowed to bring up the fact that her actions never harmed national security.
Source: The Government Is Trying to Make It Impossible For Reality Winner to Defend Herself in Court
Reality Winner’s defense lawyers accused the government of attempting to unfairly gag them from discussing issues vital to the case and the public at large.
Source: Justice Department’s Demand for Extreme Secrecy in Reality Winner Trial Contested by Defense