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Texas v. Johnson - Significance, Flag Burning: Protected Expression Or Desecration?, Further Readings

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State of Texas


Gregory Lee Johnson

Petitioner's Claim

That the Texas statute against "desecration of venerated objects," in this instance burning an American flag, did not violate Gregory Lee Johnson's constitutional rights.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Kathi Alyce Drew

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

William M. Kunstler

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), Anthony M. Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Antonin Scalia

Justices Dissenting

Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

21 June 1989


The Texas statute was declared unconstitutional.

Related Cases

  • Stromberg v. California, 283 U.S. 359 (1931).
  • United States v. O'Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968).
  • United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: West Publishing, 1998.

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almost 6 years ago

alright idk what did it get hurt from the people just cause he burnt the flag ok he burned it and what ? NOTHIN GHAPPEND so i think there was no fuckin biggy about this thingy

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almost 7 years ago

I mean , like really i dont understand what the case was about in my opinion. Because what does hter flag have to do about the first amendment

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over 2 years ago

Did they change anything in the constitution because of this??

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over 6 years ago

guys, maybe you should read up on this some more. there's plenty out there :)

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over 6 years ago

WoW i can not believe this happened. Flag burning is so cruel

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over 6 years ago


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over 7 years ago

johnson burnt the US flag ; but he claims that this action was protected by the firt amendment . the prosecutor says that it is against the texas law .

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over 8 years ago

what was the main question of the case?

what is the significance of the case on our society?

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over 8 years ago

why did he burn the flag?