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Reality Winner Denied Covid-19 Compassionate Release On Appeal

Dec. 7, 2020, 11:48 PM

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner won’t get another chance at her bid for compassionate release related to the Covid-19 pandemic because the trial court didn’t abuse its discretion in rejecting her motion without a hearing, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Monday.

Winner stipulated to a 63-month prison term as part of a plea deal on charges she leaked national defense information to a news outlet in violation of Section 793(e) of the Espionage Act. She argued earlier this year that she should get a time reduction in light of the pressures put on her underlying health conditions due to ...