Texas v. Johnson

Texas v. Johnson

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  • Texas v. Johnson
  • Date: 1989 Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag outside of the convention center where the 1984 Republican National Convention was being held in Dallas, Texas. A Texas court tried and convicted Johnson. He appealed, arguing that his actions were a form of symbolic speech, and was protected by the First Amendment. The court ruled his actions as constitutional. 
  • Significance:  The significance of this court case that is that the Supreme Court in Texas v. Johnson claimed that the man's expression of burning the flag is protected and legal under the Constitution. It is legal because it is protected under the 1st Amendment so burning the US flag can be burned as a form of protest.  
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