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.

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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

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Fred Korematsu, Harry Ueno, Gordon Hirabayashi, George Ikeda, and William  Hohri (ddr-csujad-29-298)
img Fred Korematsu, Harry Ueno, Gordon Hirabayashi, George Ikeda, and William Hohri (ddr-csujad-29-298)
Members of the National Council for Japanese American Redress at the Supreme Court. Photograph titled: "Fred Korematsu, Harry Ueno, Gordon Hirabayashi, George Ikeda, and William Hohri." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P241
Mine Okubo, Patrick and Akira Hirami (ddr-csujad-29-301)
img Mine Okubo, Patrick and Akira Hirami (ddr-csujad-29-301)
Mine Okubo and the Hiramis at the Supreme Court. Photograph titled: "Mine Okubo, Patrick and Akira Hirami." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P244
Hirabayashi v. United States, 828 F.2d 591 (1987) (ddr-densho-405-37)
doc Hirabayashi v. United States, 828 F.2d 591 (1987) (ddr-densho-405-37)
This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Korematsu v. United States, 584 F.Supp. 1406 (1984) (ddr-densho-405-36)
doc Korematsu v. United States, 584 F.Supp. 1406 (1984) (ddr-densho-405-36)
This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit AA (ddr-densho-405-29)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit AA (ddr-densho-405-29)
Memo regarding changes to a footnote dealing with Korematsu v. United States and the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit AA in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, …
Coram Nobis Exhibit S (ddr-densho-405-21)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit S (ddr-densho-405-21)
G-2 periodic report written by Col. John Weckerling. This document was Exhibit S in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit N (ddr-densho-405-16)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit N (ddr-densho-405-16)
Correspondence from Commander Kenneth D. Ringle regarding a report on the "Japanese Question." This document was Exhibit N in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit O (ddr-densho-405-17)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit O (ddr-densho-405-17)
Correspondence from Francis Biddle to John L. DeWitt regarding a report on the "Japanese Question." This document was Exhibit O in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit DD (ddr-densho-405-32)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit DD (ddr-densho-405-32)
Transcription of phone call between Capt. Fisher and Mr. Wechsler. This document was Exhibit DD in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit EE (ddr-densho-405-33)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit EE (ddr-densho-405-33)
Correspondence to Carl C. Donaugh regarding the fifth column. This document was Exhibit EE in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit CC (ddr-densho-405-31)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit CC (ddr-densho-405-31)
Memo regarding changes to a footnote dealing with Korematsu v. United States and the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit CC in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, …
Coram Nobis Exhibit Q (ddr-densho-405-19)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit Q (ddr-densho-405-19)
Memo regarding the Japanese brief. This document was Exhibit Q in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit X (ddr-densho-405-26)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit X (ddr-densho-405-26)
Correspondence from John L. Burling to Edward J. Ennis regarding the "evacuation of Japanese from West Coast." This document was Exhibit X in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank …
Coram Nobis Exhibit M (ddr-densho-405-15)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit M (ddr-densho-405-15)
Copy of "United States Naval Administration in World War II." This document was Exhibit M in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Yasui v. United States, 772 F.2d 1496 (1985) (ddr-densho-405-38)
doc Yasui v. United States, 772 F.2d 1496 (1985) (ddr-densho-405-38)
This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit V (ddr-densho-405-24)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit V (ddr-densho-405-24)
Correspondence from James Lawrence Fly to Francis Biddle regarding Biddle's questions about the accuracy of the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuees from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit V in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, …
Coram Nobis Exhibit G (ddr-densho-405-9)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit G (ddr-densho-405-9)
Suggested changes to the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit G in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit B (ddr-densho-405-4)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit B (ddr-densho-405-4)
Memo from Edward J. Ennis to Herbert Wechsler regarding Korematsu v. United States. This document was Exhibit B in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit A (ddr-densho-405-3)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit A (ddr-densho-405-3)
Memo from Edward J. Ennis to Charles Fahy regarding United States v. Hirabayashi, Yasui, and Korematsu. This document was Exhibit A in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit P (ddr-densho-405-18)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit P (ddr-densho-405-18)
Correspondence from John L. DeWitt to Francis Biddle regarding a report on the "Japanese Question." This document was Exhibit P in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit Y (ddr-densho-405-27)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit Y (ddr-densho-405-27)
Memo from G.E. Sterling to Francis Biddle regarding monitoring operations on the West Coast between December 1941 and July 1942. This document was Exhibit Y in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry …
Coram Nobis Exhibit W (ddr-densho-405-25)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit W (ddr-densho-405-25)
Correspondence from J. Edgar Hoover to Francis Biddle denying any evidence in the FBI of espionage activities on the West Coast after Pearl Harbor. This document was Exhibit W in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret …
Petition for Writ of Error Coram Nobis, Korematsu v. United States (ddr-densho-405-1)
doc Petition for Writ of Error Coram Nobis, Korematsu v. United States (ddr-densho-405-1)
The petition for writ of error coram nobis in the case of Fred Toyoaburo Korematsu v. United States of America. US District Court of Northern California. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit FF (ddr-densho-405-34)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit FF (ddr-densho-405-34)
Memo regarding the sustainability of the Japanese Evacuation Program. This document was Exhibit FF in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank Wu.
Coram Nobis Exhibit BB (ddr-densho-405-30)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit BB (ddr-densho-405-30)
Memo regarding changes to a footnote dealing with Korematsu v. United States and the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit BB in the coram nobis litigation. This document was available in conjunction with "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment" by Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, …
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