Woman to nix spy case conviction

2014-12-04 18:34

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New York - A 98-year-old woman's showdown with the federal government over her 1950 conviction in the run-up to the atomic spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg returns to a Manhattan courtroom.

Miriam Moskowitz asked a judge earlier this year to reconsider her conviction in light of new evidence that emerged in the last decade. The woman was sentenced to two years in prison after her conspiracy conviction.

The government said she conspired with two men to lie to a grand jury investigating allegations of atomic espionage.

US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein is set to hear oral arguments on Thursday. He has urged a speedy resolution of the case.

The government has opposed Moskowitz's request, saying her conviction was supported by the evidence.

"Her claims, even if taken at face value, are insufficient to establish an error under today's law, let alone the law when she was convicted in 1950," prosecutors said in court papers.

Moskowitz's lawyers say FBI and grand jury statements by the key government witness against her were withheld from the defence.

The Rosenbergs were convicted of passing nuclear weapons secrets to the Soviet Union and were executed in 1953. Since then, decoded Soviet cables have appeared to confirm that Julius Rosenberg was a spy, but doubts have remained about Ethel Rosenberg's involvement.

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