Peter Irons and Karen Korematsu talked about the 1944 U.S. Supreme Court case Korematsu V. United States, in which the court ruled 6-3 that Japanese internment camps were necessary for the protection of all citizens during World War II. The guests also responded to viewer questions and comments. Karen Korematsu was the daughter of the plaintiff. Professor Irons was an attorney who discovered evidence to re-open the 40-year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, Fred Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in a federal court.
The Senate of Virginia unanimously adopted House Joint Resolution 641 this week to designate Jan. 30 of each year, beginning in 2016, as “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in Virginia.”
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.
Karen Korematsu will speak at Teachers College, Columbia University, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cowin Center at Teachers College. For more information, visit http://www.tc.columbia.edu/calendar.htm?EventID=13556.
Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas and Congressman Mike Honda will headline this year’s Fred Korematsu Day Celebration on Sunday, January 26, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Morris Dailey Auditorium in Tower Hall at San Jose State University. Emmy Award-winning journalist Lloyd LaCuesta will emcee.