Street v. New York

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Street v. New York
by the Supreme Court of the United States

In Street v. New York, 394 U.S. 576 (1969), the United States Supreme Court held that a New York state law making it a crime "publicly [to] mutilate, deface, defile, or defy, trample upon, or cast contempt upon either by words or act [any flag of the United States]" was, in part, unconstitutional because it prohibited speech against the flag. The Court left for a later day the question of whether it is constitutional or unconstitutional to prohibit, without reference to the utterance of words, the burning of the flag (see Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman). Excerpted from Street v. New York on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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United States Supreme Court

394 U.S. 576

Street  v.  New York

 Argued: Oct. 21, 1968. --- Decided: April 21, 1969

David T. Goldstick, New York City, for appellant.

Harry Brodbar, Brooklyn, N.Y., for appellee.

Mr. Justice HARLAN delivered the opinion of the Court.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).

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