Texas V. Johnson

Texas V. Johnson

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Background: Gregory Lee Johnson burns flag in front of Dallas City Hall during 1984 National Convention because he doesn't agree with Reagan policies. Case starts out in Texas courts and is appealed and heard by Supreme court in 1989. This case questioned whether the desecration of an American flag, by burning or otherwise, a form of speech that is protected under the First Amendment? Supreme court decided that Johnson burning the flag was "symbolic speech" and protected under the first amendment. They also said that state officials can not prohibit things such as the burning of the flag just because society finds it offensive. The impact it has on today is whether or not the federal government should be aloud to determine the respect of the flag. Also there is still mostly societal controversy about the burning of the flag just because of hatred towards the government. "Texas v. Johnson." Oyez. Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech, n.d. Dec 20, 2016. <https://www.oyez.org/cases/1988/88-155> "Facts and Case Summary - Texas v. Johnson." United States Courts. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2016.

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  • 1984 Republican National Convention
  • I hate Reagan's policies!!!!!
  • You have the right to remain silent. If you do say anything, it can be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have a lawyer present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you if you so desire.
  • Burning the flag is or should be against the law!
  • He is protected under the first amendment because of "freedom of expression"
  • We are taking this to Supreme Court!
  • Rehnquist NO
  • Brennan YES
  • White NO
  • Marshall YES
  • Blackmun YES
  • Stevens NO
  • Kennedy YES
  • Scalia YES
  • O'Connor NO
  • IN CONCLUSION: Supreme Court ruled that Johnson's flag burning was not against the law and protected under the First Amendment and was considered "Freedom of expression.
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