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United States v. Eichman - Significance, Court Declares Federal Flag Protection Act Unconstitutional, Further Readings

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Appellant

United States of America

Appellee

Shawn D. Eichman

Appellant's Claim

That the 1989 Flag Protection Act does not violate the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Kenneth W. Starr, U.S. Solicitor General

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

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

11 June 1990

Decision

The Supreme Court struck down the Flag Protection Act as unconstitutional.

Related Cases

  • Stromberg v. California, 283 U.S. 359 (1931).
  • United States v. O'Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968).
  • Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989).

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