NYC judge orders release of testimony in spy case

NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered key secret grand jury testimony released in the atomic spy trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled Tuesday regarding the testimony of several witnesses whose sealed testimony was taken in 1950 and 1951. He cited the needs of historians.

Federal prosecutors had already agreed to release the records of 35 of the 45 witnesses. Hellerstein's rulings mean testimony from all but three witnesses can be public.

The judge gave the government two months to appeal.

The Rosenbergs were convicted of passing nuclear weapons secrets to the Soviet Union and were executed in 1953.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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