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The American Lawyer Feature: Baker Botts Represents 98 Year Old Trying to Clear Name



NEW YORK, August 19, 2014 -- In an article posted on the The American Lawyer yesterday, Baker Botts lawyers Robert Maier, Guy Eddon and Joseph Perry were recognized for their pro bono efforts in trying to help Miriam Moskowitz -- who was found guilty in 1950 of conspiring with two men to lie to a grand jury investigating allegations of theft of U.S. atomic secrets -- clear her name. Now, she says it’s time to set the record straight.

“She was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got sucked into all of it,” said Eddon.

The editor wrote, “While working on a book about her case in 2010, Moskowitz said she found evidence in the form of secret grand jury testimony released following a 2008 judicial review that Gold, the key witness, had given conflicting testimonies during the trial and an initial FBI interview. Based on that evidence, the Baker Botts team on Tuesday filed on her behalf in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York a petition for a writ of error coram nobis, a remedy of last resort for petitioners who are no longer in custody.”

It was the story of alleged “sex, lies and espionage” that helped sell the pro bono project to Baker Botts this summer, Eddon said.

Editor Eric Burse also highlighted: “[Guy] personally cares about the results of this petition,” said Maier, who has logged nearly 20 hours. “He has a stake in it and he’s trying to right a wrong… all that makes it more compelling.”

To view the entire American Lawyer article, please click here.

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