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HONOLULU â€” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday that the nationâ€™s highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but he wouldnâ€™t be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future conflict.
Scalia was responding to a question about the courtâ€™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.
Scalia cited a Latin expression meaning, â€œIn times of war, the laws fall silent.â€
â€œThatâ€™s what was going on - the panic about the war and the invasion of the Pacific and whatnot. Thatâ€™s what happens. It was wrong, but I would not be surprised to see it happen again, in time of war. Itâ€™s no justification, but it is the reality,â€ he said.
Avi Soifer, the law schoolâ€™s dean, said he believed Scalia was suggesting people always have to be vigilant and that the law alone canâ€™t be trusted to provide protection.
Seems appropriate to bump this up especially since Scalia was in favor of flag burning. While he was referring to war, how far can the definition of "war" be stretched and twisted to accommodate the future needs of the government ?
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday
HOLY SHIT! He's back from the dead? Not even hell will accept him.