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

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Petitioner

State of Texas

Respondent

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

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

21 June 1989

Decision

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).

Sources

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

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