Markey joins call for Rosenberg’s exoneration

Published: 1/16/2017 12:09:13 AM

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has joined a chorus of calls for the exoneration of Ethel Rosenberg, a woman executed in 1953 after being convicted of giving information on the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

Markey joined fellow Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Reps. Richard Neal and James McGovern, as well as former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in calling for an exoneration by President Obama in the waning days of his final term. Another 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for the exoneration, according to the group Rosenberg Fund for Children.

Markey called for Obama to issue a proclamation that Rosenberg’s conviction was “unjust” and her execution was “wrongful.”

“Evidence that has surfaced since Ethel Rosenberg's conviction and execution raises doubt that she received a fair trial,” Markey said. “The facts and circumstances suggest that a re-examination of Ethel Rosenberg's historic case is warranted.”

Rosenberg and her husband Julius were both executed in 1953. Their children, Michael Meeropol of Cold Spring, New York, and Robert Meeropol of Easthampton, argue the release of previously sealed testimony in 2015 shows Ethel Rosenberg’s conviction was based on perjury.

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