NBC News: ‘What we can learn from Fred Korematsu, 75 years after the Supreme Court ruled against him’

(Excerpt) Korematsu’s conviction was overturned by a federal district court in 1983, with his legal team arguing that the federal government had manufactured its claim of “pressing public necessity.” In 1998, Korematsu received a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Korematsu, who died March 30, 2005 at the age of 86, would have turned 100 this year.

“This is a pretty special case,” Dale Minami, the lead attorney on Korematsu’s 1983 team, told NBC News. “This was a case that involved a massive travesty of justice to a minority group … who were denied basic due process, the right to a trial, the right to a notice of the charges, the right to attorneys even. They were just summarily whisked — banished essentially — to these prisons for indefinite confinement.”

“We thought that this was a chance to not only correct history … but also impair one of the worst precedents ever composed by the Supreme Court,” Minami added. (read more)