Judicial Review Korematsu vs. US

“When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, destroying much of the American Pacific Fleet, the American military became concerned about the security of the mainland United States, particularly along the West Coast.” The United States wanted to put Japanese-Americans into internment camps until they knew that they were safe.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

¨No Japanese or Japanese American had been accused of or convicted for espionage or sabotage in the months between the attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of internment.¨

Fred T. Korematsu

In a 6-3 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the United States. “Justice Black wrote the majority opinion. The majority concluded that the President and Congress did not act outside of their constitutional authority, and that the exclusion order did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment.”

This decision made internment camps to happen. The supreme court let the United States hold Japanese-Americans after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor just because of their race.


“Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court.” Korematsu v. United States | Www.streetlaw.org, landmarkcases.org/en/landmark/cases/korematsu_v_united_states#Tab=Overview. Accessed 1 Mar. 2017.

By Rylee Breen and Kael McCleary


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