Period 4 Zachary Chase Jared Barclay Grant Besner Marc Geller Texas v. Johnson 1989 Appellant: Texas Apellee: Johnson Facts of the Case: Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag which violated Texas’s law which prohibited flag desecration. Decision of the Lower Court: Sided with Johnson. Legal Aspects of the Case: Texas’s law violated Johnson’s 1st amendment freedom of expression (not exactly freedom of speech). The Supreme Court took on the case because 48 states had the same flag desecration law and wanted to strike it down. Wanted to establish freedom of expression. Decision of the Supreme Court: Upheld the lower court’s decision and sided with Johnson. This is a strict interpretation of the Constitution The rule of precedent: Speech is not just talking, it is a form of expression and laws cannot prohibit people from engaging in forms of expression. The form of expression must be clearly related to the issue that is being protested.