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The President’s Blog

January 27, 2011 by  
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If there’s a government in the universe, in which no citizen was ever wrongly imprisoned or executed, it’s not on our planet. Not yet.
That’s why there are innumerable civil rights organizations, some devoted to fair trials in general, others to specific cases. We – the National Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case (NCRRC) – is one of those that has devoted years of research and advocacy to a single case – the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell.
Some people regard most specific cases as “lost causes”. Actually, many decades after their flawed trials took place, four of the most famous “lost causes” in American history eventually achieved a measure of justice. In all four cases, their trials were initially declared to have been beyond reproach.
The first was a case of anti-Semitism, when Leo Frank, a Georgia factory supervisor, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1913 for murdering a 13-year girl, according to the local press, for Jewish ritual purposes. Seventy-three years later the Georgia Board of Pardons granted Frank a posthumous pardon.
In the second case, Tom Mooney, a union organizer, was tried and convicted for murder and sentenced to death. Forty-five years later he was officially pardoned.
In the third case, two Boston anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were tried and convicted for murder in 1921 and executed in 1927. Fifty years later, the governor of Massachusetts, issued a proclamation deploring the conduct of their trial.
In the fourth case, 9 young black men were tried and convicted of rape in Scottsboro, Alabama, and were sentenced to death. So patently unfair had their trial been that, after 19 years, all charges were dropped for 5 of them, 3 were paroled and one had escaped.
As you will find in reading the material on this Website, the volume of government documents pointing to prosecutorial perjuries, forgery and other deceits at the Rosenberg-Sobell trial is monumental. After reading it, we hope we have your support for bringing about the same belated justice that the other cases have.

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