You be the Judge!

In honor of Free Speech Week, the First Amendment Museum is letting you be the Judge! Every day this week we will provide you with a summary of a famous Supreme Court case involving free speech. Read the case and vote as though you were a Supreme Court Justice. All cases will be presented as a yes or no question. Leave your explanation in the comments! 

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Case: Texas vs. Johnson

Case: Texas vs. Johnson

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* 1. In 1984, a man named Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag as a means of protesting the US government. He was tried and convicted under a Texas law outlawing flag desecration, sentenced to one year in jail, and fined $2,000. The man appealed saying that burning a flag was a form of free speech and was therefore protected by the First Amendment. 

Question: Should burning the American flag be protected by the First Amendment?

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