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United States v. Eichman

Significance, Court Declares Federal Flag Protection Act Unconstitutional, Further Readings


United States of America


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


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

11 June 1990


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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