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SACRAMENTO (Jan. 29, 2015) -- The memory of Fred Korematsu is honored as his daughter, Karen, center right (in red), is joined by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, far right, and four other senators during a special Senate Floor ceremony. Fred, Karen’s late father earned his own day in California, Jan. 30, and is a national civil rights hero after he refused incarceration when other Japanese Americans were arrested in 1942. Convicted of defying government orders, he appealed to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Court ruled against him. But in 1983, Prof. Peter Irons, a legal historian, together with researcher Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, discovered key documents had hidden from the Court in 1944. With this new evidence, a pro-bono legal team that included the Asian Law Caucus re-opened Korematsu’s 40-year-old case and in November 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned. Also in the picture, from left, are Sens. Loni Hancock, Lois Wolk, Ben Hueso, (Karen), and Mark Leno (Photo by Lorie Shelley).