Densho Digital Archive
Steven Okazaki Collection
Title: Dale Minami Interview I
Narrator: Dale Minami
Location: San Francisco, California
Date: October 4, 1983
Densho ID: denshovh-mdale-02-0002

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Q: What are your major concerns now? I mean, where to take this?

DM: At this point, as of today, we have not decided what to do with this. We have a motion which the government is making to dismiss the case, we have the right to respond to that. We're trying to decide probably later today or by tomorrow what we're going to do with that. After that, we have other options as far as possibly bringing a lawsuit on behalf of Fred to recover damages. There are some statutes that allow us to get up to $5,000 damages for wrongful imprisonment. That's one of the options we're considering, but of course a lot of it depends on what Fred wants to do, as his lawyers.

Q: Can you do anything more about the issue of the evidence being, all your evidence of suppression and everything, now that it's kind of dismissed, is it dismissed from your point of view, or is it still important?


DM: I think the evidence we produced is very important historically to set the record straight. I think the evidence brought forward by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians really punches a huge hole in the government's handling of the Japanese Americans, and I think what we've done with the documents we have is taken that further to show that the legal cases were manufactured and manipulated. I think the historical record needs to be set straight on that, and I think what we intend to do with that is either publish or present perhaps even a mock trial, raising the issues and acting as if we were in a trial to be able to, as an educational device, show the kind of evidence we did have. There is coincidentally a case out of Washington, D.C. where a group called NCJAR is bringing a similar action for damages -- or not a similar one -- action for damages based on similar facts, and so they will raise all this evidence in their case, I'm sure, if they get a chance to go to trial on it.

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