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Raced to Death in 1920s Hawai iInjustice and Revenge in the Fukunaga Case$
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Jonathan Y. Okamura

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042607

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042607.001.0001

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Aftermath of Death Sentence

Aftermath of Death Sentence

Racial, Legal, and Community

(p.134) 6. Aftermath of Death Sentence
Raced to Death in 1920s Hawai i

Jonathan Y. Okamura

University of Illinois Press

This chapter covers the period after Fukunaga was given the death sentence to more than a year later, including his execution in November 1929. It reviews the legal appeals to save him from being hanged, which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The chapter also discusses the public assertions of colorblindness in the case by the Honolulu daily newspapers, the Nippu Jiji, and the presiding judge at his trial, which all sought to deny the decisive role that race played in his conviction. It outlines the advocacy efforts by the Japanese American community organized by the Hawaii Hochi to obtain a new trial for Fukunaga and the opposition to that campaign led by the Honolulu press, including the Nippu Jiji.

Keywords:   legal appeals, advocacy, colorblindness, Hawaii Hochi, Nippu Jiji, execution

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