This is David O'Brien. He does not like war and wants to protest. he decides to go to his local courthouse in Boston.
A draft notice! I don't want to go. I'm going to protest.
O'Brien was unaware of a federal law which made the destruction of draft cards illegal. O'Brien fought this case all the way up to the supreme court. O'Brien argued that he was exercising his right to protest.
Sir, this is illegal.
I don't support the war!
We have decided that the law is constitutional. The law protects government interest.
O'Brien was convicted and serves as an important example. This case shows that sometimes rights can be restricted if they conflict with the interest of the government. O'Brien lost a little to protect the large government system.