Texas v. Johnson

Amanda Beck & Baily Alexander

- Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American Flag in protest against Reagan's administration policies in front of the Dallas City Hall in 1984.

- He was tries and convicted under Texas Law for flag desecration.

- Given a $2,000 fine and sentenced to a year in jail.

The Texas Court of Criminal appeals reversed the conviction and the case went to the Supreme Court.

- It was decided in a 5-4 vote that Johnson was protected under the First Amendment for freedom of expression.

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Resources

"Texas v. Johnson." Oyez. Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech, n.d. May 10, 2016. <https://www.oyez.org/cases/1988/88-155>


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