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Irving R. Kaufman, 81, who gained national...


Irving R. Kaufman, 81, who gained national attention in 1951 as the judge who sentenced Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to the electric chair, died of cancer Saturday in New York. A federal judge since 1949, he preferred to be remembered for landmark decisions in First Amendment, antitrust and civil rights cases, rather than his role in the Rosenberg atomic bomb spy trial -- the sole death sentences ever carried out in the United States for espionage by American civilians.

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