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United States v. Eichman (doc.#:89-1434, 731) (1990)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link United States v. Eichman  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 05/14/1990
Decided 6/11/1990
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained.
IssueWhether Appellees' prosecution for burning a United States flag in violation of the Flag Protection Act of 1989 is consistent with the First Amendment.
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Brennan, J.
Dissenting Opinion Stevens, J. (joined by Rehnquist, C.J., White, J., & O'Connor, J.)
Lower Court District Court for the District of Columbia
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
Kenneth Starr (Solicitor General) (for Appellant)

For Respondent
William Kunstler (for Appellees)

For Petitioner
Solicitor General Kenneth Starr (brief co-authored with John G. Roberts, Jr.)

For Amicus
for Governor Mario M. Cuomo by Evan A. Davis (supporting Appellant)

for Jasper Johns et al. by Robert G. Sugarman and Gloria C. Phares. (for Appellees)

for People for the American Way et al. by Timothy B. Dyk, Glen D. Nager & Elliot M. Mincberg (supporting Appellee)

for Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., by Kenneth S. Geller, Andrew J. Pincus & Roy T. Englert, Jr.. (supporting Appellant)

for the American Bar Association by Stanley Chauvin, Jr., Randolph W. Thrower & Robert B. McKay

for the American Civil Liberties Union et al. by Charles Fried, Kathleen M. Sullivan. Norman Dorsen & Steven R. Shapiro (supporting Appellee)

for the Association of Art Museum Directors et al. by James C. Goodale (supporting Appellees)

for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People by Charles E. Carter (supporting Appellee)

for the Southeastern Legal Foundation, Inc., by Robert L. Barr, Jr. & G. Stephen Parker (supporting Appellant)

for the Speaker and Leadership Group of the United States House of Representatives by Steven R. Ross, Charles Tiefer, Michael L. Murray, Janina Jaruzelski & Robert Michael Long

for the United States Senate by Michael Davidson, Ken U. Benjamin, Jr. & Morgan J. Franke (supporting Appellant)

Opinion - Lower Court
United States v. Eichman, 731 F. Supp. 1123 (Dist. Ct. for Dist. of DC., 1990)
United States v. Haggerty, 731 F. Supp. 415 (Wa. Dist. Ct., 1990)
"Rallying Around the Flag Protection Act," Legal Times, May 14, 1990, p. 21
AP, "Flag-burning suspect ordered not to touch, handle or possess any U.S. flag" (10-09-2001)

AP, "Indiana man charged with burning U.S. flag" (10-02-2001)

Bronner, Ethan, "Supreme Court strikes down law banning flag desecration," Boston Globe, June 12, 1990, p. 1
Coyle, Marcia, "Rally 'Round The Flag," National Law Journal, May 14, 1990, p. 1
Greenhouse, Linda, "Supreme Court Voids Flag Law; Stage Set for Amendment Battle," New York Times, June 12, 1990, sect. A, p. 1
Marcus, Ruth, "Justices Hear Clash Over Flag Burning; Arguments Produce Few Signals of Views on 1989 Federal Statute," Washington Post, May 15, 1990, sect. A, p. 6
Marcus, Ruth, "Justices Overturn Federal Flag Law; Ruling Revives Fight on Amendment," Washington Post, June 12, 1990, sect. A, p. 1
Mauro, Tony, "Fight over flag issue is off to quick start," June 13, 1990, sect. A, p. 3
Savage, David, "Court is Urged to Uphold Ban on Flag Burning," Los Angeles Times, May 15, 1990, sect. A, p. 1
Taylor, Phillip, "2 Harvard professors challenge constitutionality of flag-protection statute" (5-12-1999)

Taylor, Phillip, "Amendment backers, foes clash over flag-desecration history" (7-14-1998)

Taylor, Phillip, "House approves flag amendment for 4th time in 6 years" (7-18-2001)

Taylor, Phillip, "House prepared for flag-amendment vote" (6-4-1999)

Taylor, Phillip, "Members of Congress ready to unfurl latest plan for flag amendment" (2-23-1999)

Taylor, Phillip, "State officials seldom give up on flag-desecration laws" (3-13-2001)

Weyrich, Dawn M., "Supreme Court again weighs flag vs. free speech," Washington Times, June 14, 1990, sect. A, p. 6
"Timeline: history of flag protection"

AP, "House again OKs changing Constitution to ban flag-burning" (6-4-03)

Ashcroft, John, Flag Protection Constitutional Amendment," Congressional Record, March 28, 2000, p. S1766
Barron, Jerome, & Dienes, C. Thomas, THE FIRST AMENDMENT (2000), pp. 238-244
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES & POLICIES (1997), pp. 870-872
Cleland, Max, "Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment," Congressional Record, March 17, 1999, p. S2866
Flag Burning: Cases & Resources

Goldstein, Robert Justin, Overview: "Flag Burning" (2003)

Greenawalt, Kent, "O'er the Land of the Free: Flag Burning As Speech," 37 UCLA Law Review 925 (1990)
Michelman, Frank, "Saving Old Glory: On Constitutional Iconography," 42 Stanford Law Review 1337 (1990)
Newton, Adam. "Flag-burning horizon"

Shiffrin, Steven DISSENT, INJUSTICE, & THE MEANINGS OF AMERICA (1999), pp. 4-8
Smolla, Rodney, SMOLLA & NIMMER ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH (1994), sect. 5.02.2
Tushnet, Mark, "The Flag-Burning Episode: An Essay on the Constitution," 61 University of Colorado Law Review 39 (1990)
Geraghty, Diane, "Flag-burners shouldn't distract us," Chicago Tribune, June 16, 1990, p. 13
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