Thursday, September 4, 2014

98-year-old woman seeks to clear her name in court

The 98-year-old retired math teacher believes that she may be the last living victim of the "hysteria" produced by Sen. Joseph McCarthy's crusade against communism, reported the New York Law Journal.
And she is determined to prove—64 years after her conviction for conspiracy to obstruct a grand jury's investigation of atomic espionage—that she is innocent. Her pro bono attorneys from Baker Botts have reached deep into the lawyer's toolkit for what they call an "exceptional" petition they hope will persuade Southern District Judge Alvin Hellerstein to vacate her conviction.
Miriam Moskowitz, of Washington Township, N.J. was a secretary to chemical engineer Abraham Brothman, who was suspected of passing documents to the Soviets, when they were arrested in 1950.
Along with her photo, a front-page New York Daily News headline read on July 30, 1950, "REDS SMASH ON IN FLANK ATTACK, Nab Man, Woman in Spy Plot.
"I was made out to be a monster, and I did nothing wrong," Moskowitz told Law Journal affiliate Am Law Daily. "All I want is to clear my name before it's too late."

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