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Gregory Johnson burned the US flag in a political demonstration during the 1984 Republican National Convention
He was convicted of the desecration of a venerated object in violation of Texas Penal Code, sentenced to 1 year in prison, & fined $1,000.
NOT FREAKING FAIR
He is guilty of burning a flag and violating Texas Penal Code!
Johnson appealed to multiple courts, pleading that he had the right to burn the flag. Eventually leading to the US Supreme Court
The 1st Amendment protects my right!
For the US Supreme Court, it went down as a very controversial 5-4 decision. The Court found that "Under the circumstances, Johnson's burning of the flag constituted expressive conduct, permitting him to invoke the First Amendment. ...
I just got away with burning a flag!
Johnson continued to get arrested and protest for a multitude of reasons/causes. In June 2016 he burned another flag at a Republican Convention, and got arrested for it.... again
Wow I'm a free man now, I think I'm going to live around the US for a bit!
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