Scalia: Court was wrong in 1944 internment ruling

Published On: Feb 03 2014 03:42:34 PM HST


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the nation's highest court was wrong 70 years ago to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

But he told students and faculty at the University of Hawaii's law school on Monday the case came during a time of panic about the war.  Scalia says he wouldn't be surprised if the court ruled similarly during another conflict.

Scalia was responding to a question about the court's 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States, which upheld the convictions of Gordon Hirabayashi and Fred Korematsu for violating an order to report to an internment camp.

Hawaii law school Dean Avi Soifer says he believes Scalia is suggesting people always have to be vigilant and you can't trust the law to protect people.


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