Ethel, Julius, their friends, and the Grand Jury

On September 11th, 2008 my email inbox was flooded with files containing almost 1000 pages from the National Security Archive. This material was the long-awaited release of the testimony of 43 of the 46 witnesses subpoenaed by the Grand Jury that investigated my parents’ case.

Part II- Ethel, Julius, their friends, and the Grand Jury

I ended my last post (Aug 25) by posing a question about why the Grand Jury investigating my parents’ case was so interested in Helene Elitcher’s recollection of the social lives of my parents and their friends: what did this have to do with stealing the secret of the atomic bomb?

Young Heroine Jailed

Yet another young activist was imprisoned last week and could spend up to 18 months behind bars even though she hasn’t been charged with a crime.  24-year-old Leah-Lynn Plante has been jailed for refusing to answer a grand jury’s questions.  Here is a video of Leah making her last statement before her third court date and subsequent jailing, and I’m reprinting the text below.  It is a little longer than most of my blog posts, but I think all RFC supporters will want to read it in its entirety.  And I add my voice to those chanting, “Fr

Grand Jury Resistance: One Size Does Not Fit All

The United States in the only nation in the Anglo-Saxon legal tradition that retains a grand jury system.  A grand jury is the prosecutor’s tool for investigating what the government deems to be possible criminal activity.  Although it has the power to bring criminal indictments as well as to compel people to testify about their activities and those of others in return for a grant of immunity from prosecution, witnesses are not permitted to have their attorneys accompany them into the grand jury room.  A witness who flatly refuses to cooperate or to testify after being granted immunity can

Who Are The Criminals?

Late last week two young Grand Jury resisters were released from the Federal Prison near Seattle, Washington.  They had been imprisoned since September for refusing to answer a Grand Jury’s questions.  The Grand Jury’s initial charge was to investigate politically motivated vandalism at demonstrations, but it quickly degenerated into a witch hunt designed to terrorize communities of young anarchists in the Pacific Northwest.  Supporters have maintained steady pressure for the detainees’ release on both the District Attorney and the Judge who were responsible for the resister’s imprisonment.

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From Robert and Michael Meeropol: Exonerate Our Mother, Ethel Rosenberg

Guest Blog: Exonerate Ethel

by Robert Meeropol

originally published on Robert Meeropol's blog, Still Out on a Limb

In March the Rosenberg Fund for Children launched an online petition campaign to exonerate my mother, Ethel. I urge everyone  to sign the petition, and to spread the word throughout your communities.

Help from David Greenglass

Guest blog  by Robert Meeropol, Rosenberg Fund for Children Founder & son of Ethel & Julius Rosenberg

It has been a year since the release of David Greenglass’s grand jury testimony in which he denied my mother, Ethel Rosenberg’s, involvement in espionage. This was the final element necessary for me to pursue a plan I’d thought about for decades.