Sons of executed spy Ethel Rosenberg ask White House to exonerate her

2016-12-01 20:14
Ethel Rosenberg’s son, Robert Meeropol, speaks to the media in front of the White House. (Alex Brandon, AP)

Ethel Rosenberg’s son, Robert Meeropol, speaks to the media in front of the White House. (Alex Brandon, AP)

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Washington - The sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg are asking President Barack Obama to exonerate their mother.

Rosenberg was executed, along with her husband, Julius, in 1953 after being convicted in a Cold War atomic spying case that captivated the country.

Michael and Robert Meeropol plan to present a letter on Thursday at the White House, citing unsealed court records they say cast doubt on their mother's guilt.

Court records made public last year show Ethel Rosenberg's brother, a star trial witness for the prosecution, never implicated his sister in an earlier appearance before a grand jury.

The Meeropols are seeking a White House proclamation declaring that Ethel Rosenberg was wrongly convicted.

The brothers appeared at the White House in 1953 to ask President Dwight Eisenhower to spare their parents' lives.

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