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July 05, 2018


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Scott Pruitt Edndowed Chair in Enviconmental Justice

How does a prosecutor using rules of evidence go about proving Japanese, German, or whatever ancestry beyond a reasonable doubt? It's like proving what is a Jew? Christian? Would this evidence be admissible today? Look at his face, eyes---Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury....he must be Japanese. I just can't see some judge going for this crock of shit in her courtroom.

Steven Lubet

Good post, Eric. You might have pointed out that internment of “enemy aliens” is virtually universal in war time, and hardly unique to the United States. In Britain, even German Jews were temporarily interned during WWII, alongside Nazi sympathizers, although most were released after hearings. Michael Frayn’s novel Spies has a subplot about in interned Jew whose family has to lie about his whereabouts.

Bill Turnier

Eric, you may want to consider posting a piece about something we have discussed that shows the duplicitous nature of the treatment of Japanese Americans during WWII, the completely different treatment of Japanese in Hawaii. There because they made up about 2/3 of the population, the economy of the islands would have collapsed with a complete round up as was done on the West Coast. I believe that unlike the West Coast there were episodes of disloyalty and only very selective internment. Moreover, Hawaii was much closer to the war theatre than the West Coast. It was actually in the war theatre. Yet, more humane rules prevailed there. As is often said, it is always about the money.

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