Thursday, March 31, 2005

Fred Korematsu, Dead at 86 

Fred Korematsu has died at home at age 86. He was convicted of defying orders to report to an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during WWII, and his conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court as being necessary for national security.

Fortunately, his conviction was overturned after about 40 years, and he led the way for a government apology to those affected by the internment program.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.

The Supreme Court opinion can be found here.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:32 PM