Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Second Circuit has ordered the federal government to release much of the grand jury testimony in the treason trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, sealed since 1951. The George Washington University National Security Archive had initiated the action. The Rosenbergs were eventually convicted and executed in 1953. However, Judge Alvin Hellerstein refused to unseal the testimony of Douglas Greenglass, Mrs. Rosenberg's brother, who is still living, and had opposed the unsealing of his testimony. Mr. Greenglass is widely viewed as having been a key prosecution witness. Read more in a New York Times article here. Read more about the Rosenberg trial here at Doug Linder's excellent Famous Trials website.