May 28, 2002


Supreme Court will consider free speech challenge to laws banning cross burning (ANNE GEARAN, May 28, 2002, Associated Press)
The high court's ruling, expected sometime next year, could clarify how far states may go in banning a practice associated with racial hatred and intimidation, but accorded some constitutional protection.

The court agreed to hear an appeal from Virginia, where a state court struck down a 50-year-old law that made it a crime to burn a cross to intimidate someone. The sharply divided lower court ruled that the state law was unconstitutional because such acts of bigotry are a protected form of speech.

Thanks to the Court's despicable ruling in Johnson, it seems we now have a regime of laws where it may be illegal to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater but okay to set the fire if you're just expressing dislike for the movie. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 28, 2002 1:09 PM
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