A judge has ordered the unsealing of key grand jury testimony from 1950 that may give new fuel to suspicions that Ethel Rosenberg was unjustly convicted of espionage and put to death for conspiring to give nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. In his ruling this week, US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein noted that the testimony of Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, was crucial
to the case and that he claimed in interviews that prosecutors pressured him into falsely testifying against his sister. The judge said the testimony could be unsealed now because Greenglass died last year at 92. Hellerstein noted that Greenglass told a journalist with The New York Times in 2001 that he lied at trial about his sister to protect his wife, Ruth Greenglass, because it was likely that she, rather than Ethel Rosenberg, typed up notes that were passed to the Soviets. Hellerstein said Greenglass claimed government attorneys were threatening to prosecute Ruth Greenglass unless he testified against his sister.