At the 1984 Republican National Convention, Gregory Lee Johnson burned the United States flag in protest of the Reagan Administration’s policies.
Johnson was convicted of violating a Texas law banning the desecration of a venerated object, but he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing that his actions were protected under the First Amendment.
Is burning a flag considered speech? If so, does it merit First Amendment protection? Prof. David Forte of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law explores the concepts of expressive conduct and controversial speech in Texas v. Johnson.
- Prof. David Forte, Professor of Law at Cleveland State University
Learn more about Prof. David Forte: https://www.law.csuohio.edu/meetcmlaw...
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