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Scalia Says Internment Ruling Could Happen Again

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday that the nation’s highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but he wouldn’t be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future 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.

“Well of course Korematsu was wrong. And I think we have repudiated in a later case. But you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again,” Scalia told students and faculty during a lunchtime Q-and-A session. Scalia cited a Latin expression meaning, “In times of war, the laws fall silent.” Full Article

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  1. Q

    Wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Sounds like he is planting seeds.

  2. Tim

    In times when you declare war on a group convicted of what you call sex crimes, the Constitution falls silent, mainly because you have strangled it.

  3. Q

    Decades After Internment, Japanese-Americans Warn of What’s Still Possible

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37698.htm

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