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Street v. New York (docket #: 5) (1969)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Street v. New York  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 11/21/1968
Decided 04/21/1969
Supreme Court Vote 5-4
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained.
 
IssueWhether a New York statute that made it illegal to "publicly [to] mutilate, deface, defile, or defy, trample upon, or cast contempt upon either by words or act [any flag of the United States]" violates the First Amendment.
 
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Harlan, J.
Dissenting Opinion Warren, C.J., & Black, J., & White, J., & Fortas, J.
Lower Court New York Court of Appeals
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied.
Lawyers
For Petitioner
David T. Goldstick (for Appellant)

For Respondent
Harry Brodbar (for Appellee)

Briefs
For Amicus
Louis J. Lefkowitz, Attorney General, pro se, Samuel A. Hirshowitz, First Assistant Attorney General, and Brenda Soloff, Assistant Attorney General, for the Attorney General of New York (supporting Appellee)

Peter Megargee Brown for the United States Flag Foundation, Inc. (supporting Appellee)

News
" Conviction Reversed in Flag Burning Case," Chicago Tribune, April 22, 1969. p. 12
"A.C.L.U. Calls Flag-Burning A Civil Right in Court Case," New York Times, July 27, 1966. p. 47
"Court Ruling Backs Ban on Flag-Burning," Washington Post, July 8, 1967. sect. A, p. 4
"Court Upholds N.Y. Ban on Flag Burning," July 8, 1967. p. 3
"Court Upholds Right to Denounce Flag," New York Times, April 22, 1969, p. 22
"High Court Is Asked To Upset State Ban On Flag Mutilation," New York Times, N.Y.: October 22, 1968. p. 21
"Justices Pass Up Ruling on Flag Laws," Washington Post, April 22, 1969, sect. A, p. 4
Graham, Fred, P., "Law; Is It Action or 'Symbolic Speech'?,"
Hodge, Paul, "Stars and Stripes Fights for Its Honor; Poetic Accompaniment Flag Fights for Its Honor Idols Are Vulnerable An American Obsession Patriotic Scofflaws A Fellow Flagsaver," Washington Post, March 9, 1969. p. 35
Other
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND POLICIES (2nd ed., 2002), sects. 11.3.3.2 & 11.3.6.2
Dickson, Del, THE SUPREME COURT IN CONFERENCE (1940-1985): THE PRIVATE DISCUSSIONS BEHIND NEARLY 300 SUPREME COURT DECISIONS (2001), pp. 348-349
Ely, John, "Flag Desecration: A Case Study in the Roles of Categorization & Balancing in First Amendment Analysis," 88 Harvard Law Review 1482 (1975)
Goldstein, Robert Justin, "Flag-burning overview"

Goldstein, Robert Justin, BURNING THE FLAG: THE GREAT 1989-1990 AMERICAN FLAG DESECRATION CONTROVERSY (1996), pp. 23-24, 25, 28, 50, 386
Goldstein, Robert Justin, editor, DESECRATING THE AMERICAN FLAG: KEY DOCUMENTS OF THE CONTROVERSY FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO 1995 (1996), pp. 71, 79, 95, 100, 107, 109, 110-111, 112, 114, 115-119, 120-123
Goldstein, Robert Justin, SAVING "OLD GLORY": THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN FLAG DESECRATION CONTROVERSY (1995), pp. 82, 96, 102-109, 115, 116, 118, 123, 139, 141, 143, 144, 172, 177, 180, 185, 187, 194, 196, 204
McMasters, Paul, "Burning the Bill of Rights to save the flag" (09.10.04 )

Michelman, Frank, "Saving Old Glory: On Constitutional Iconography," 42 Stanford Law Review 1337 (1990)
Recent Legislative Action re Flag Burning

Smolla, Rodney, SMOLLA AND NIMMER ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH (1994), sect. 5.02[1][b]
State Flag Protection Laws

Tribe, Laurence, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2nd ed., 1988), pp. 92, 167, 826, 831, 833, 851, 852, 1046
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