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· Registered
3,573 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
This guy stole the flag off a church and burned it elsewhere.
They considered it a hate crime.
Sure he should be prosecuted for theft and maybe disorderly conduct, but 15 years?
You can burn an American Flag and face absolutely zero time in jail.
That is considered protected speech under the constitution.
Am I wrong about this?

· Grand Imperial Poobah
33,014 Posts
No, you're not wrong.

I highly suspect the conviction for flag burning will be thrown out on appeal. However other convictions (stealing flag, etc.) will remain.
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