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Law Quadrangle (formerly Law Quad Notes)

Abstract

For a couple of hours, the years seemed to reverse to World War II, when Executive Order 9066 authorized the wartime security measure of collecting Americans of Japanese descent who lived in military-designated zones into assembly areas and confining them to internment camps.

In a re-enactment at the Law School in February, presented as part of a national Day of Remembrance and in conjunction with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association's symposium on "Rethinking Racial Divids" (see story on page 28), readers revived the words of Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the U.S. government's right to curtail the civil rights of some citizens as a wartime security measure, and the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in 1984 to grant Fred Korematsu's coram nobis petition, in effect saying that Korematsu had been unjustly convicted in the court nearly 40 years earlier. In 1988 the U.S. government apologized for the forced internment and paid each internee $20,000 in compensation.

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