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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Coram Nobis Exhibit L (ddr-densho-405-14)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit L (ddr-densho-405-14)
Transcript of conference in the office of Gen. John L. DeWitt. This document was Exhibit L 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.
Public Law 503 (ddr-densho-405-35)
doc Public Law 503 (ddr-densho-405-35)
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 F (ddr-densho-405-8)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit F (ddr-densho-405-8)
Memo regarding notes on conferences with John McCloy. This document was Exhibit F 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 K (ddr-densho-405-13)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit K (ddr-densho-405-13)
Statement regarding witnessing burning of drafts regarding the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit K 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 …
Yasui v. United States, District Court Order (ddr-densho-405-39)
doc Yasui v. United States, District Court Order (ddr-densho-405-39)
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 H (ddr-densho-405-10)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit H (ddr-densho-405-10)
Telegram regarding changes to the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit H 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 Z (ddr-densho-405-28)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit Z (ddr-densho-405-28)
Memo from Edward J. Ennis to Francis Biddle regarding the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit Z 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, …
Coram Nobis Exhibit R (ddr-densho-405-20)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit R (ddr-densho-405-20)
G-2 periodic report written by Col. D.A. Stroh. This document was Exhibit R 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 J (ddr-densho-405-12)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit J (ddr-densho-405-12)
Telegram acknowledging return of copies of the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit J 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 U (ddr-densho-405-23)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit U (ddr-densho-405-23)
Transcript of conference with Gen. John L. DeWitt. This document was Exhibit U 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 C (ddr-densho-405-5)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit C (ddr-densho-405-5)
Letter from John L. DeWitt to John McCloy regarding copies of the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit C 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, …
Coram Nobis Exhibit D (ddr-densho-405-6)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit D (ddr-densho-405-6)
Excerpts from the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit D 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 I (ddr-densho-405-11)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit I (ddr-densho-405-11)
Telegram requesting return of copies of the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit I 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 E (ddr-densho-405-7)
doc Coram Nobis Exhibit E (ddr-densho-405-7)
Transcript from a phone conversation betweel Col. Karl Bendetsen and John McCloy regarding the "Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942." This document was Exhibit E 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, …
Table of Exhibits for Petition for Writ of Error Coram Nobis, Korematsu v. United States (ddr-densho-405-2)
doc Table of Exhibits for Petition for Writ of Error Coram Nobis, Korematsu v. United States (ddr-densho-405-2)
The cover page and table of exhibits for 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 …
Redress appeal (ddr-densho-415-7)
doc Redress appeal (ddr-densho-415-7)
Copy of George Sunada's appeal for redress eligibility. Documents how his and his family's constitutional rights were violated by the federal government.
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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