Sen. Warren joins call for Ethel Rosenberg’s exoneration

  • Elizabeth Warren (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Published: 1/13/2017 9:02:52 AM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is the latest public figure to join a growing list of elected officials who have endorsed the campaign asking President Obama to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg in his final days in office.

Rosenberg and her husband Julius were both executed in 1953 after being convicted of charges that they passed along details about the atomic bomb to Soviet Union agents.

The senator from Massachusetts joined U.S. Congressman Richard Neal, former Gov. Michael Dukakis, U.S. Congressman James McGovern and 50,000 other people in calling on President Obama to address Ethel Rosenberg’s wrongful conviction and execution before he leaves office.

Their children, Michael Meeropol of Cold Spring, New York, and Robert Meeropol of Easthampton, have been trying to clear Ethel Rosenberg’s name with the release of previously sealed testimony revealing her conviction had been based on perjury. That campaign has increased in urgency as the days of Obama’s presidency are running out.

In a brief letter to the president, Warren asks that Obama provide of thorough review of Meeropol’s request and that he issue a proclamation exonerating his mother.

“I ask that you give every appropriate consideration to the request of Mr. Meeropol and his family, and provide a swift response to their concerns,” Warren wrote.

Sen. Warren’s full letter to the president, as well as those of Neal, Dukakis and McGovern, is available at, along with the materials that Ethel’s sons have sent to Obama to support their request.  

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