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Description of Case <ul><li>Korematsu V. United States was a landmark supreme court case that was fought over the constitutionality of the Japanese Internment Camps, in which the court ruled that the need to prevent any kind of espionage outweighed the individual rights of those that were put in the camps. </li></ul><ul><li>Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted the writ (that is, it voided Korematsu's original conviction) because in Korematsu's original case, the government had knowingly submitted false information to the Supreme Court that had a material effect on the Supreme Court's decision. </li></ul><ul><li>Final vote was 6-3 </li></ul>
Time Information on Case <ul><li>Original Year of the Case: 1944 </li></ul><ul><li>Supreme Court Case Year: 1944 </li></ul><ul><li>Year of Final Decision: 1944 </li></ul>
Majority Opinion <ul><li>Korematsu was not excluded from the Military Area because of hostility to him or his race. He was excluded because we are at war with the Japanese Empire, because the properly constituted military authorities feared an invasion of our West Coast and felt constrained to take proper security measures, because they decided that the military urgency of the situation demanded that all citizens of Japanese ancestry be segregated from the West Coast temporarily, and, finally, because Congress, reposing its confidence in this time of war in our military leaders — as inevitably it must — determined that they should have the power to do just this. </li></ul><ul><li>Majority opinion delivered by Justice Hugo Black </li></ul>
Dissenting Opinion <ul><li>“ I dissent, therefore, from this legalization of racism. Racial discrimination in any form and in any degree has no justifiable part whatever in our democratic way of life. It is unattractive in any setting, but it is utterly revolting among a free people who have embraced the principles set forth in the Constitution of the United States. All residents of this nation are kin in some way by blood or culture to a foreign land. Yet they are primarily and necessarily a part of the new and distinct civilization of the United States. They must, accordingly, be treated at all times as the heirs of the American experiment, and as entitled to all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dissenting opinion delivered by Justice Frank Murphy </li></ul>
Constitutional Challenge and Case Importance <ul><li>challenged Executive Order 9066 which ordered japanese americans into internment camps </li></ul><ul><li>It remains significant both for being the first instance of the Supreme Court applying the strict scrutiny standard to racial discrimination by the government and for being one of only a handful of cases in which the Court held that the government met that standard. </li></ul><ul><li>This case was never overturned </li></ul>
How Does It Affect us and Does it Matter to me <ul><li>It doesn’t matter in this age, as the japanese internment camps have been the first and last of this occurrence. </li></ul><ul><li>To be honest it doesn't matter to me, because as stated above, this was the first, and last occurrence of the sort. </li></ul><ul><li>As it stands i don't think it could be relevant because of the mind state of current citizens, who would think this is cruel and unnecessary. </li></ul>