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Supreme Court / Freedom of Speech / Flag Burning #122662

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 21, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Tim O'Brien) Supreme Court decision in area of freedom of speech reported; details given of case in which demonstrators burned American flag, a felony under Texas law. [Defendant Gregory JOHNSON - calls it a victory.] Opinions of justices William Brennan, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, William Rehnquist quoted or noted. [Senator Robert DOLE, Veterans of For. Wars Bill SMITH, first amendment lawyer Floyd ABRAMS - comment on court's decision.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(NYC: Jeff Greenfield) History of American flag reviewed; movie scenes, pictures, photos and scenes shown about flag. Use of flag as political symbol detailed. [During campaign '88, George BUSH - says he supports pledge of allegiance in schools.] Notion of flag-burning as speech in this court case noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Man in Las Cruces, New Mexico, reported accused of violating town's noise laws due the noise his flag made in the wind.

Greenfield, Jeff;
Jennings, Peter;
O'Brien, Tim

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