Texas v. Johnson
Significance, Flag Burning: Protected Expression Or Desecration?, Further Readings
State of Texas
Gregory Lee Johnson
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
Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
21 June 1989
The Texas statute was declared unconstitutional.
- 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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