C-SPAN: Supreme Court Landmark Case Korematsu v. United States
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.