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On This Date in Legal History

On August 1, 1779, Francis Scott Key was born. During the War of 1812 he wrote the lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner. He was an attorney sent to negotiate the release of an American prisoner. While he was detained by … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 1, 1779,  Francis Scott Key was born. During the War of 1812 he wrote the lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner.  He was an attorney sent to negotiate the release of an American prisoner.  While he was detained by the … Continue reading

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The Court Found No Liability for Flag-Burning

Defendants (in two separate cases) were prosecuted for violating the Flag Protection Act of 1989, which made it a crime to desecrate a flag. Each defendant, purposely, burned an American flag.  They sued, claiming that their First Amendment rights were … Continue reading

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