Sending Office: Honorable Jared Huffman
Please join me in honoring Judge Louis Earl Goodman, a judge who had the integrity and character to stand up for the rights of all Americans, by renaming the courthouse located at 3140 Boeing Avenue in McKinleyville, California the Judge Louis E. Goodman
Louis Earl Goodman was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1942 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and served as Chief Judge from 1958 until his death in 1961. During his tenure on the bench, Judge
Goodman’s opinions significantly advanced civil rights.
This year marks three quarters of a century since Judge Goodman handed down the first of only two rulings upholding the civil rights and civil liberties of Japanese Americans during World War II, despite significant professional and personal risk to himself.
Judge Goodman ruled that those who were incarcerated could not be compelled to serve in the armed forces nor be found guilty of resisting the draft as they were being denied the rights of citizenry. The historic ruling in United States vs. Masaaki Kuwabara
would mark one of many significant rulings distinguishing Judge Goodman’s career. After this ruling, Judge Goodman would go on to play a major role in restoring the United States citizenship of thousands of Japanese Americans who had been pressed to renounce
such citizenship while under duress and detained by armed guard.
If you have any questions or would like to be a cosponsor of this bill, please contact Jordan Sciascia in my office at
Jordan.Sciascia@mail.house.gov or 202-225-5161.
Member of Congress
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