Posts Tagged ‘U.S. flag’

Mo. man receives $7,000 after arrest for flag desecration

Federal judge assesses compensatory damages for man jailed seven hours for shredding a U.S. flag in 2009.

Star-spangled inspiration on Flag Day

The 1813 flag that Francis Scott Key saw is an awe-inspiring sight at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. — on Flag Day or any day.

Students appeal ruling in American-flag T-shirt case

Appellate brief before 9th Circuit accuses Morgan Hill, Calif., school officials of discriminating against students’ point of view when they wore flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

How could court find U.S. flag T-shirt disruptive?

A more appropriate response by school officials would be to punish students who create disruptions, rather than those seeking to express themselves.

Calif. school can bar students’ American flag T-shirts

Federal judge agrees with Morgan Hill district official who called the wearing shirts of U.S. flag shirts on Mexican holiday ‘incendiary.’

On Flag Day, rights and wrongs about Old Glory

It seems odd that, although most of us claim to respect Old Glory and shudder at the thought of its being desecrated in protest, we don’t always take proper care of our grand old flag.

Opposing flag-burning with violence trashes freedom

Louisiana State University counter-protest turns ugly, thereby defacing what the American flag stands for.

Calif. students sue over U.S. flag-clothing flap

MORGAN HILL, Calif. — The families of three students at a California high school who were ordered to remove clothing with the U.S. flag on Cinco de Mayo are suing the school district.
The lawsuit was filed June 23 in U.S. District Court in San Jose. The lawsuit claims school officials at Live Oak High School [...]

Woman in Barnette reflects on famous flag-salute case

One in a series of interviews with principals involved in First Amendment-related U.S. Supreme Court cases (see “SCT interview” keyword below).
Most First Amendment enthusiasts probably don’t know the name Marie Snodgrass. The name may not ring a bell even for many die-hard free-speech advocates. But Marie Snodgrass — the former Marie Barnett — helped to [...]

Conn. condo association orders military mom to remove U.S. flag

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. — The American flag flying outside Teresa Richard’s condominium is more than a patriotic gesture, it’s a link to her son serving in Afghanistan.
So when her condo association told her she’d have to take it down after Labor Day or face a fine, Richard was resolute — the flag was staying up. [...]

Justice Stevens shares changed thinking about flag desecration

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who voted to uphold laws that banned flag-burning in rulings in 1989 and 1990, now opposes a constitutional amendment that would accomplish the same thing.
In little-noticed remarks before the Chicago Bar Association in September, Stevens, 86, said that “after thinking a good deal about the issue,” [...]

Flag-amendment proposal returns for another round

The perennial effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to protect the U.S. flag from desecration made a quiet entry into the 107th Congress yesterday, a marked departure from past introductions that have included baseball legends, pop stars and decorated war heroes.
Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Max Cleland, D-Ga., and Reps. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., and [...]

State officials seldom give up on flag-desecration laws

Although more than a decade has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court deemed flag desecration a protected form of speech, most states keep flag-protection statutes on the books.
And some, on occasion, even continue to enforce them.
There's the infamous case of the Wisconsin teen-ager who defecated on a U.S. flag and was convicted for trespassing and [...]