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During those years, Mr. Martin tells me, he never used Section 793(f) alone because, while that law makes it a felony to handle material relating to the national defense with "gross negligence," it is unlikely a jury would convict a defendant on that charge alone without a showing of criminal intent.
"Taking on an unwinnable case which cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt against a high-profile defendant makes you look like you are not motivated by examining the facts and the law," Mr. Martin tells me. "You lose credibility with the courts, Congress and the public.