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  • Texas VS Johnson
  • Gregory Johnson disagreed with the republican candidate at the time and decided  to burn  an American flag outside during a riot.
  • Texas has a law that prohibits desecration of a venerated object. 
  • He was sentenced to a year in prison, and fined $2000.
  • He argued that his actions were a form of freedom of speech.
  • He said that the court had said before that freedom of speech reached beyond words.
  • The court said that they would still press charges because of the message conveyed.
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