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Woman, 98, aims to nix atomic spy case conviction

December 4, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A 98-year-old New Jersey woman is expected to return to a New York court to challenge her 1950 conviction in the run-up to the atomic spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Miriam Moskowitz asked a judge earlier this year to reconsider her conviction in light of new evidence that emerged in the last decade. The Washington Township, New Jersey, woman was sentenced to two years in prison after her conspiracy conviction.

The government says she conspired with two men to lie to a grand jury investigating allegations of atomic espionage.

Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein is set to hear arguments Thursday. He has urged a speedy resolution of the case.

The government has opposed Moskowitz’s request, saying her conviction was supported by the evidence.

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