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The Court first considered the question of whether the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protected non-speech acts, since Johnson was convicted of flag desecration rather than verbal communication, and, if so, whether Johnson's burning of the flag ...


Texas v. Johnson Podcast. Texas v. Johnson. Download Embed Code. Texas v. Johnson. Decision Date: June 21, 1989 ... by the First Amendment. The Texas appeals court agreed and overturned his conviction. Unsatisfied with the decision , the state of Texas, appealed the ruling to the United States Supreme Court.


Facts and Case Summary - Texas v. Johnson. Facts and case summary for Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989). Flag burning constitutes symbolic speech that is ... The Supreme Court agreed to hear his case. Issue. Whether flag burning constitutes "symbolic speech" protected by the First Amendment. Ruling. Yes.


Texas v. Johnson. This First Amendment activity is based on the landmark Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson dealing with free speech and flag burning . ... United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990) The Johnson decision only affected a Texas state law. In the wake of the decision, the federal government enacted a ...


U.S. Supreme Court. Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989). Texas v. Johnson. No. 88-155. Argued March 21, 1989. Decided June 21, 1989. 491 U.S. 397 .... flag desecration in order to preserve the flag's symbolic value, the Texas court nevertheless concluded that our decision in West Virginia Board of Education v.


Mar 21, 1989 ... Texas v. Johnson ... year in jail and assessed a $2,000 fine. After the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction, the case went to the Supreme Court. ... In a 5-to-4 decision, the Court held that Johnson's burning of a flag was protected expression under the First Amendment. The Court found ...


Acknowledging that this Court had not yet decided whether the Government may criminally sanction flag desecration in order to preserve the flag's symbolic value, the Texas court nevertheless concluded that our decision in West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943), suggested that furthering this ...


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Case Summary and Outcome. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a controversial 5-4 decision, held that burning the American flag was symbolic speech protected under the First Amendment and affirmed the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals' reversal of the appellant's conviction for flag desecration. Gregory Lee Johnson burned ...