Legal cases/coram nobis cases

Coram nobis cases refer to the 1980s attempt to reverse the World War II-era convictions of Gordon Hirabayashi, Fred Korematsu and Minoru Yasui, who challenged the constitutionality of the curfew and exclusion orders. The Supreme Court had upheld their convictions on the basis of military necessity. In the early 1980s, researcher Aiko Yoshinaga Herzig and legal historian Peter Irons discovered declassified documents verifying that the government had withheld information showing that there was no military necessity in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans. Soon after, legal teams were assembled and identical coram nobis petitions were filed in three separate federal district courts on behalf of Hirabayashi, Korematsu, and Yasui. All three wartime convictions were subsequently vacated.

Redress and reparations (349)
Legal cases/coram nobis cases (89)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Frank Chuman, Coram nobis cases, Charles Fahy, Final Report, Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast, 1942 (book), Marilyn Hall Patel

89 items
Dale Minami Interview I Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1012-6-2)
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Deciding how to proceed in the Korematsu case (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in ...

Dale Minami Interview II Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1012-7-5)
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The coram nobis cases and the redress movement (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in ...

Fred Korematsu - Kathryn Korematsu Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-181-19)
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Feelings upon hearing the coram nobis verdict

Due to technical difficulties and conditions at the time of taping, there is loud background noise in this interview.

Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-113-28)
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A case for vindication, not money, power of coalition as community comes together seeking redress at the same time
Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-113-39)
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Life after Korematsu: teaching law, community involvement, passing on lessons of tolerance and social responsibilities to children
Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-113-36)
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Original Supreme Court decision still stands: a continued threat to our civil liberties
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 6 (February 8, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-6)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 6 (February 8, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-6)
Selected article titles: "Nisei hopes for U.S.-Japan ties told to new envoy Masaoka confers with MacArthur II, newly U.S. ambassador to Japan" (p. 1); "See boost in Japan quota of immigrants" (p. 1); "Masaoka to speak at Philadelphia fete" (p. 1); "JACL urges early enactment of civil rights bill this session" (p. 1 ...
Fred Korematsu - Kathryn Korematsu Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1012-8-1)
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Fred Korematsu's decision to bring the coram nobis case (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations ...

Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1012-2-12)
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The significance of the coram nobis cases (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this ...

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 10 (September 5, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-35)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 10 (September 5, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-35)
Edition contains Scholarship Supplement, A-D, between pages 4 and 5. Selected article titles: "'Little Girl in Picture' Nets House Co-Sponsor" (p. 1), "NCJAR Asks Supreme Court to Review Suit" (pp. 1, 7), "East Wind: Meanwhile, Up in Canada" (p. 4), and "Preventive Measures Urged to Curb Violence" (p. 7).
Peter Irons Interview II Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-127-20)
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An emotional hearing: Fred Korematsu makes a "powerful" statement in court
Peter Irons Interview II Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-127-19)
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Facing resistance and hostility from the government's attorney, Victor Stone
Peter Irons Interview II Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-127-23)
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Gordon Hirabayashi's case in Seattle federal court, "a partial victory"
Dale Minami Interview Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-141-40)
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The government's repeated attempts to delay Korematsu's coram nobis case
Dale Minami Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-141-30)
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Style differences between the Korematsu lawyers and the legal teams in Seattle and Portland
Dale Minami Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-141-29)
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Recalling a telephone conversation in which Dale "crossed swords" with Min Yasui
Fred Korematsu - Kathryn Korematsu Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-181-20)
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Helping fundraise for the coram nobis legal team

Due to technical difficulties and conditions at the time of taping, there is loud background noise in this interview.

Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-113-35)
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Supportive Japanese American community provides financial and emotional support for legal team and also appreciation for long-awaited vindication
Dale Minami Interview Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-141-33)
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Decision to file three separate cases; Fred and Kathryn Korematsu's rejection of a pardon: "We should be pardoning the government"
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