By late 1943, Minoru Yasui appealed his case (famously titled, Minoru Yasui v. United States) all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, where Chief Justice Stone delivered the decision that remained for forty years. In Stone's report, he stated the curfew implemented was constitutional because it was in defense of the United States and went with the assumption Yasui gave up his citizenship when he chose to work for the Japanese Consulate. With his guilty verdict still intact, Minoru was then sentenced to one year in Multnomah County Jail in Oregon, where he spent nine months in solitary confinement. When his one-year sentence was done, he was still not freed; rather, he was moved to Minidoka Concentration Camp in Idaho. At least there, he wasn't thrown into solitary and was allowed to socialize within the comfort of his new barbed wire fence home.
However, all the while, Minoru had the conviction looming over his head. In 1983, forty year later, Minoru's lead lawyer, Peggy Nagae, filed a writ of error coram nobis in the hopes to re-open his Oregon case, based on forged evidence. The hope was to find the curfew proclamation unconstitutional, and therefore Minoru Yasai would be vacated of his conviction. It was a success. Finally, after forty years, Minoru Yasui was able to live the rest of his life without the 'convict' label.
Minoru Yasui was an incredible man who not only fought to clear his own name, but also worked his entire life to better the lives of those affected by Executive Order 9066. As members of the Japanese American community, a community Minoru Yasui was so passionate about, we need to make sure we preserve its history and integrity for decades to come.