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 (933)
Legal cases/coram nobis cases (203)

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

203 items
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).
Gordon Hirabayashi talks press before the first day of trial against the U.S. government (ddr-csujad-52-39)
img Gordon Hirabayashi talks press before the first day of trial against the U.S. government (ddr-csujad-52-39)
Caption under image reads, "HEADING FOR COURT--Gordon Hirabayashi talks to reporters Monday on his way to the Federal Courthouse in Seattle for the first day of a trial in which he seeks to prove the U.S. government suppressed, destroyed and altered evidence attesting to the loyalty of Japanese-Americans in order to justify their wartime internment." See …
Hannah Tomiko Holmes speaks at a press conference in Los Angeles about a lawsuit seeking reparations (ddr-csujad-52-34)
img Hannah Tomiko Holmes speaks at a press conference in Los Angeles about a lawsuit seeking reparations (ddr-csujad-52-34)
Caption next to image reads, "LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST U.S.--Hannah Tomiko Holmes, a Japanese-American who was interned at Manzanar, speaks at a press conference in Los Angeles Wednesday during which it was announced that a lawsuit had been filed against the United States government by a group of Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II. The …
Speech by Morio L. Fukuto, Associate Justice, Court of Appeals, to the Poston II reunion, August 29, 1987 (ddr-csujad-55-1872)
doc Speech by Morio L. Fukuto, Associate Justice, Court of Appeals, to the Poston II reunion, August 29, 1987 (ddr-csujad-55-1872)
Transcription of a speech given by Morio Fukuto at the Poston II Reunion. Covers the reunion theme of paying tribute to the issei, discriminatory citizenship laws, history of prejudice towards Japanese in the United States, history of Japanese farmers in California, attitudes towards nisei, and the coram nobis movement. See this object in the California State …
Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu, Petitioner, v. United States of America, Respondent (ddr-csujad-55-2001)
doc Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu, Petitioner, v. United States of America, Respondent (ddr-csujad-55-2001)
Proceedings from the petition of Fred Korematsu for writ of error coram nobis and the government's motion to vacate conviction and dismiss indictment of Korematsu before the honorable Marilyn Hall Patel. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2104
Aiko and Jack Herzig, Harry Ueno, Michi and Walter Weglyn, Yuriko and William Hohri, and George Ikeda (ddr-csujad-29-283)
img Aiko and Jack Herzig, Harry Ueno, Michi and Walter Weglyn, Yuriko and William Hohri, and George Ikeda (ddr-csujad-29-283)
Photograph titled: "The Capitol Hill hotel, front: Aiko & Jack Herzig; back: Harry Ueno, Michi & Walter Weglyn, Yuriko & William Hohri, and George Ikeda." At the Capitol Hill Hotel with the National Council for Japanese American Redress. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P226
William Hohri in press conference (ddr-csujad-29-285)
img William Hohri in press conference (ddr-csujad-29-285)
Photograph titled: "Plaza of the Supreme Court: William Hohri in press conference." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P228
Harry Ueno autographing Manzanar martyr (ddr-csujad-29-292)
img Harry Ueno autographing Manzanar martyr (ddr-csujad-29-292)
Photograph titled: "Harry Ueno autographing Manzanar Martyr and Mary Omori." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P235
Ed Tokeshi, Yuriko Hohri, Hannah Holmes signing with Jan Nishimura, Nelson Kitsuse, Tomiko Miyake, and a friend (ddr-csujad-29-290)
img Ed Tokeshi, Yuriko Hohri, Hannah Holmes signing with Jan Nishimura, Nelson Kitsuse, Tomiko Miyake, and a friend (ddr-csujad-29-290)
Hannah Holmes signs at event. Photograph titled: "The Capitol Hill hotel: Ed Tokeshi, Yuriko Hohri, Hannah Holmes signing with Jan Nishimura, Nelson Kitsuse, Tomiko Miyake, and a friend." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P233
Walter and Michi Weglyn, Harry Ueno, and Hannah Holme (ddr-csujad-29-295)
img Walter and Michi Weglyn, Harry Ueno, and Hannah Holme (ddr-csujad-29-295)
Harry Ueno presenting a card. Photograph titled: "Walter and Michi Weglyn, Harry Ueno, and Hannah Holmes." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P238
Kaz Oshiki, Gladyce Sumida, and Kumao Toda, in foreground, Aiko Herzig (ddr-csujad-29-288)
img Kaz Oshiki, Gladyce Sumida, and Kumao Toda, in foreground, Aiko Herzig (ddr-csujad-29-288)
Washington D.C. plaintiffs meet at the Capitol Hill Hotel. Photograph titled: "Named plaintiffs from the District of Columbia: Kaz Oshiki, Gladyce Sumida, and Kumao Toda; in foreground, Aiko Herzig." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P231
Hannah Holmes (ddr-csujad-29-296)
img Hannah Holmes (ddr-csujad-29-296)
Photograph titled: "Hannah Holmes." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P239
NCJAR press conference: Alice Basoms (white blouse), Chizu Omori (suit) Penny Willgerodt (green sweater), and Michi Weglyn (standing). (ddr-csujad-29-286)
img NCJAR press conference: Alice Basoms (white blouse), Chizu Omori (suit) Penny Willgerodt (green sweater), and Michi Weglyn (standing). (ddr-csujad-29-286)
National Council for Japanese American Redress press conference. Photograph titled: "Rayburn House Office Building, NCJAR press conference: Alice Basoms (white blouse), Chizu Omori (suit) Penny Willgerodt (green sweater), and Michi Weglyn (standing)." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P229
Two friends from TransAfrica, Dana Alston, TransAfrica, and Julia Scott, Children's Defense Fund (ddr-csujad-29-289)
img Two friends from TransAfrica, Dana Alston, TransAfrica, and Julia Scott, Children's Defense Fund (ddr-csujad-29-289)
Photograph titled: "The Capitol Hill hotel: Two friends from TransAfrica, Dana Alston, TransAfrica, and Julia Scott, Children's Defense Fund." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P232
Harry Ueno receiving a birthday card from Hannah Holmes (ddr-csujad-29-293)
img Harry Ueno receiving a birthday card from Hannah Holmes (ddr-csujad-29-293)
Photograph titled: "Harry Ueno receiving a birthday card with many names from Hannah Holmes." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P236
Penny Willgerodt and Mine Okubo (ddr-csujad-29-304)
img Penny Willgerodt and Mine Okubo (ddr-csujad-29-304)
Penny Willgerodt and Mine Okubo at the Supreme Court. Photograph titled: "Penny Willgerodt and Mine Okubo." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P247
Marty and Carol Shulman, Maggie Rauh, and Barbara Zelenko (ddr-csujad-29-287)
img Marty and Carol Shulman, Maggie Rauh, and Barbara Zelenko (ddr-csujad-29-287)
Photograph titled: "The Capitol Hill hotel: Marty and Carol Shulman, Maggie Rauh, and Barbara Zelenko." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P230
Fred Korematsu and Ellen Carson (ddr-csujad-29-300)
img Fred Korematsu and Ellen Carson (ddr-csujad-29-300)
Fred Korematsu and Ellen Carson at the Supreme Court. Photograph titled: "Fred Korematsu and Ellen Carson." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P243
Harry Ueno and George Ikeda (ddr-csujad-29-302)
img Harry Ueno and George Ikeda (ddr-csujad-29-302)
Harry Ueno and George Ikeda at the Supreme Court. Photograph titled: "Harry Ueno and George Ikeda." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P245
Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, Michi Weglyn, William Hohri, Aiko Herzig, and Harry Ueno (ddr-csujad-29-297)
img Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, Michi Weglyn, William Hohri, Aiko Herzig, and Harry Ueno (ddr-csujad-29-297)
Group photograph of National Council for Japanese American Redress members at Supreme Court. Photograph titled: "Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, Michi Weglyn, William Hohri, Aiko Herzig, and Harry Ueno." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P240
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