What’s 74 years old, not subject to appeal and no longer the law? The Supreme Court Opinion in Korematsu v United States

Just when you thought “finality” was the outcome of all opinions from the Supreme Court of the United States, think again. On Monday, June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court finally reversed a long-standing law that allowed the government to “intern” citizens of Japanese descent in World War II. From expanding the “Castle Doctrine” in Collins v Virginia to the privacy interest in a rental car in Byrd v United States to the Cell Tower Privacy Case in Carpenter v United States – the opinions this week in the “cakeshop” (Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission) and in the so-called “travel ban” case (Trump v Hawaii) were perhaps the most anticipated. East Lansing criminal defense attorney Mike Nichols contemplates the fact that the rhetoric seemed heated in the travel ban case – so much so that the Chief Justice took Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg to task in his majority opinion – and in doing so – changed the law from the opinion in Korematsu v United States (323 US 214; December 18, 1944).

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Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

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