Decisions: The Rosenberg Myth

Overwhelming evidence sent Ethel and Julius Rosenberg to the electric chair as Soviet atomic spies in 1953. But a stubborn myth persists that they were framed. That myth sustains Morton Sobell, 49, who got a 30-year sentence as the Rosenbergs' coconspirator. Last week Manhattan's U.S. District Judge Edward Weinfeld rejected Sobell's seventh appeal, a free-swinging charge that the Government convicted the Rosenbergs — and him, too — with "false, perjurious"evidence.

In a 79-page opinion, Judge Weinfeld coolly reviewed the case that Authors Walter and Miriam Schneir hotted up in their recent pro-Rosenberg...

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