Time to Pardon Ethel Rosenberg – by Filmmaker John Sayles
John Sayles, the independent filmmaking genius behind Matewan, Eight Men Out, and Lone Star, posted this about Ethel Rosenberg recently. This is a historic injustice which President Barack Obama is uniquely well-positioned to at least partially correct with a presidential pardon. Grand jury testimony recently made public has now proven that Rosenberg’s brother lied on the witness stand, providing key evidence against his sister. The evidence also shows that she was prosecuted solely because of her refusal to testify against her husband, Julius Rosenberg. – RR.
“In preparing a movie script I have done an enormous amount of research on the Rosenberg ‘spy case’ and have continued to follow developments as new information about the trial is made available to the public. It is very clear that the conviction and execution of Ethel Rosenberg was not based on evidence but on false witness, and that the government prosecution team was not only aware of that fact, but instrumental in eliciting the perjury in order to ‘break’ her husband’s non-compliance with the spy-ring investigation. David Greenglass was pressured to implicate his sister in activities she had no part in to save himself and his wife from incarceration and possibly execution. A pardon of Mrs. Rosenberg would not only recognize a personal injustice, but stand as a message that this sort of hostage-taking and lethal extortion has no place in the American judicial system.
For more information, compiled by Ethel’s sons, Michael and Robert Meerepol, and the chance to sign a petition to President Obama asking for a pardon, go to www.rfc.org/ethel” – John Sayles
Screenshot of the Rosenberg Fund for Children’s petition to exonerate their mother, Ethel Rosenberg.