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 (589)
Legal cases/coram nobis cases (95)

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

95 items
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); "College Scholarship plus ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 17 (October 22, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-42)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 17 (October 22, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-42)
Selected article titles: "Goldberg Says Writ of Coram Nobis Would Be 'Fruitless'" (pp. 1, 4), "Korean Students in S.F. Stage Protest Over Japan Textbooks" (p. 1), "Guest's Column: NCJAR Leader Reviews JACL Story" (p. 7), and "Nat'l Bd. Decides on Redress Budget, Aging & Retirement" (pp. 8-9, 12).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 15 (April 16, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-15)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 15 (April 16, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-15)
Selected article titles: "Noguchi Appeals Suspension; JA Leaders Rally to Support Him" (pp. 1, 12), "Journalists Say Ignorance Is Source of U.S.-Japan Friction" (p. 1), "'Coram Nobis' to the the [sic] Supreme Court" (pp. 2, 5), and "Aging and Retirement: The Nisei Experience" (p. 7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 98, No. 22 (June 8, 1984) (ddr-pc-56-22)
img Pacific Citizen, Vol. 98, No. 22 (June 8, 1984) (ddr-pc-56-22)
Selected article titles: "Pathetic Hordes, Inscrutable Fiends: News media, Hollywood revive slurs" (p. 1), "Candidates for JACL national office announced" (p. 1), "Memorial to internees of WW2 center defaced" (p. 1), "Legal maneuvering begins on Hirabayashi coram nobis case: 'challenge of the century'" (p. 2), Landmark dedicated to Issei 'Grape King'" (p. 2), "A Visit to ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 98, No. 25 (June 19, 1984) (ddr-pc-56-25)
img Pacific Citizen, Vol. 98, No. 25 (June 19, 1984) (ddr-pc-56-25)
Selected article titles: "Congress hears testimony from former internees" (p. 1), "Conflicting stories heard in Chin trial" (p. 1), "Fighting Sexual Harassment Against Asian Women" (p. 2), "New housing project accepting applications from Nikkei seniors" (p. 3), "Coram Nobis Cases" (p. 5), "Kinoshita and Shimoura tie for JACLer of the Biennium" (p. 7), "Legislative counsel is ...
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).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 8 (February 28, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-8)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 8 (February 28, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-8)
Selected article titles: "JA Court Challenges Recalled" (pp. 1, 5), "San Francisco Screening of 'Yankee Samurai' to Benefit Go For Broke, Inc." (pp. 1, 4), "East Wind: The Japanese Rockettes" (p. 4), and "From the Frying Pan: No Racial Epithets" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 21 (November 21, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-46)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 21 (November 21, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-46)
Selected article titles: "Min Yasui Dies at 70; Services Held in Denver" (pp. 1, 8), "Monetary Damages Sought: Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments on NCJAR Suit" (pp. 1, 3), "Coram Nobis Attorney Says Yasui Appeal Will Continue" (p. 1), and "Min Yasui: A Lifetime of Fighting for Justice" (pp. 5-7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 4 (January 31, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-4)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 4 (January 31, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-4)
Selected article titles: "Onizuka Killed in Space Shuttle Disaster" (p. 1), "Judges Overturn Dismissal of NCJAR Suit" (pp. 1, 5), and "Little Tokyo Tenants Protest Evictions" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 22 (November 28, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-47)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 22 (November 28, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-47)
Selected article titles: "Justice Scalia May Not Hear NCJAR Case" (pp. 1, 8), "Exclusive Rights to JAs' Stories Raise Questions" (pp. 1, 8), "Stanford Looks at Possible Anti-Asian Admissions Bias" (p. 2), and "East Wind: The Pearl Harbor Syndrome" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 5 (February 7, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-5)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 5 (February 7, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-5)
Selected article titles: "Astronaut's Death Mourned" (pp. 1, 12), "Onizuka's Message to Youth" (p. 4), "East Wind: The Saga of War Orphans" (pp. 4-5), and "Reactions to Ruling on NCJAR Suit" (p. 9).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 2 (July 10-17, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-27)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 2 (July 10-17, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-27)
Selected article titles: "Houston Judge Rejects Claim of Discrimination" (pp. 1-2), "Bork's Nomination Seen as Threat to Class Action Suit" (p. 1), "Yasui Family Requests Court to Review Coram Nobis Case" (p. 1), and "Survey Underway: How Charitable Are Asian Americans?" (pp. 3, 7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 12 (October 16, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 12 (October 16, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-37)
Selected article titles: "On 'Japanese Americans & the U.S. Constitution'" (pp. 1-2), "JACL Director Responds: California Releases UCB Report" (pp. 1, 6), "Supreme Court Denies Latest Bid in Yasui Case" (pp. 1, 5), and "Editorial of the Pacific Citizen: After H.R. 442: Action Alert" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 10 (October 2, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-35)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 10 (October 2, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-35)
Selected article titles: "AAJA Convention Has 'Write' Stuff" (pp. 1, 3, 8), "Coram Nobis Case: Court Overturns Wartime Convictions" (pp. 1, 6), "Reese Article Calls Redress Issue a Second Attack on Pearl Harbor" (p. 4), and "The Mountainous Ordeal of Passing Redress" (pp. 5-7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 11 (October 9, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-36)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 11 (October 9, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-36)
Selected article titles: "Nikkei Crowd Jams Smithsonian Exhibit" (pp. 1, 6), "JACL Says Redress Now, Bork Later" (pp. 1, 8), "Yasui Coram Nobis Update" (pp. 3, 8), and "'Asian Americans and the Death of the Constitution'" (pp. 5-6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 6 (September 8, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-31)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 6 (September 8, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-31)
Selected article titles: "Heart Mountain's Fair Play Committee: So. Calif. JACLers Throw Spotlights on Nisei WWII Draft Resistance Movement" (pp. 1, 10, 12), "Initial Redress Notices Being Mailed to Those Aged 90 and Up" (pp. 1, 10), "Portland Memorial Garden Project Gains Momentum" (p. 3), and "350 Outstanding Students Across Nation Apply: Profiles: National JACL Scholarship ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 113, No. 18 [November 29, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-43)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 113, No. 18 [November 29, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-43)
Select article titles: "Developments in Phoenix murder case: Four men charged in case are dismissed" (p. 1), "Asian American leaders meet to discuss communication" (p. 1), "The Rap on Ice: Rapper Ice Cube's latest album has rocked the world because of what many consider to be racist lyrics" (p. 1), "Handling hate crimes" (p. 1), "Manzanar ...
Memorandum for the Solicitor General, Re: Japanese Brief (ddr-densho-67-68)
doc Memorandum for the Solicitor General, Re: Japanese Brief (ddr-densho-67-68)
Memo to the Solicitor General from Edward J. Ennis about an article written by Lt. Com. K. D. Ringle. Pg. 1: Ennis summarizes the article, which states that the Japanese are loyal, thus internment should have been on an individual basis. Pg. 2: Ringle's views are shared by the Navy, who thinks that evacuation was handled ...
Gordon Hirabayashi - Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1012-9-4)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi - Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1012-9-4)
Gordon Hirabayashi's decision to reopen his case (audio only)

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

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Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1012-14-1)
vh Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1012-14-1)
Initial reaction to the government's request to vacate Fred Korematsu's conviction (audio only)

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

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Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1012-14-2)
vh Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1012-14-2)
Moving forward with Fred Korematsu's coram nobis petition (audio only)

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

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Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1012-3-14)
vh Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1012-3-14)
The importance of the coram nobis cases (audio only)

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Roger Daniels Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1012-17-17)
vh Roger Daniels Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1012-17-17)
The impact of the coram nobis cases (audio only)

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Peter Irons Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1012-16-11)
vh Peter Irons Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1012-16-11)
Uncovering proof of suppression of evidence in the Korematsu case (audio only)

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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 ...

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