70 years ago this past weekend (Oct. 11-12), the Supreme Court heard arguments in Korematsu v. U.S. Some lawyers for the government "had tried to tell the solicitor general, 'Don’t file this brief. It contains lies.' Yet the Solicitor General did it anyway," said former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.
The Supreme Court ruled against Fred Korematsu's case and "upheld the mass incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II without charges, notice, trial or due process, and without any evidence of espionage and sabotage by persons of Japanese ancestry." (See law review article by Susan Kiyomi Serrano and Dale Minami.)
In 1983, the case was re-opened in a federal district court and Fred Korematsu’s 40-year-old conviction was vacated.
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry noted the landmark case on her Oct. 12, 2014, show. You can watch the segment below or via this link.