A 98-year-old New Jersey woman convicted of conspiracy in the run-up to the atomic spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg has returned to a New York court to clear her name.
Miriam Moskowitz said after a brief court hearing Monday that she needs an official vindication that she was wrongly convicted in 1950. She was sentenced to two years in prison on a charge that she conspired with two men to lie to a grand jury investigating atomic espionage.
A judge directed lawyers to handle the case expeditiously. A government lawyer said he was not yet prepared to say if prosecutors will oppose Moskowitz’s request.
She filed the request two weeks ago, saying documents now prove the government withheld evidence that would have exonerated her.