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 (883)
Legal cases/coram nobis cases (176)

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

176 items
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.
Statement from Seattle Chapter of NAACP (ddr-densho-122-345)
doc Statement from Seattle Chapter of NAACP (ddr-densho-122-345)
In support of Hirabayashi petition to reverse wartime convictions
Memorandum Decision in Hirabayashi vs. U.S.A. (ddr-densho-122-338)
doc Memorandum Decision in Hirabayashi vs. U.S.A. (ddr-densho-122-338)
Decision vacating conviction for failure to report to a Civil Control Station in 1942, but left standing conviction for violation of curfew.
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