Texas v. Johnson


The 1989 U.S. Supreme Court case of Texas v. Johnson invalidated prohibitions on desecrating the American flag that had been in force in forty-eight states. The controversial case began when Gregory Lee Johnson joined in a political demonstration during the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. During the course of the rally, protesters tore down an American flag from a flagpole. In front of city hall, Johnson doused the flag with kerosene and set it on fire. He was eventually convicted of violating a Texas law that prohibits vandalizing respected objects. His...

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