Sons of Ethel Rosenberg plead to have mother ex­on­er­ated

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

The sons of con­victed spy Ethel Rosenberg re­turned to the White House on Thurs­day, more than 50 years af­ter plead­ing un­suc­cess­fully to spare her life, in a last-ditch ap­peal to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to ex­on­er­ate her amid new ev­i­dence.

Rosenberg was ex­e­cuted in 1953 along with her hus­band, Julius, af­ter be­ing con­victed of con­spir­ing to pass se­crets about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. How­ever, court records made pub­lic last year through a judge’s or­der cast doubt on the con­ven­tional nar­ra­tive of a Cold War es­pi­onage case that cap­ti­vated the coun­try.

The new doc­u­ments showed that Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, whose damn­ing trial tes­ti­mony against her and her hus­band helped se­cure the cou­ple’s con­vic­tion, had never im­pli­cated his sis­ter in an ear­lier ap­pear­ance be­fore a grand jury. The brother, David Green­glass, of­fered the grand jury no ev­i­dence of his sis­ter’s di­rect in­volve­ment.

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