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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED  STATES 491 U.S. 397 Texas v. Johnson CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS  OF TEXAS No. 88-155 Argued: March 21, 1989 --- Decided: June 21, 1989 During the 1984 Republican National Convention, respondent Johnson  participated in a political demonstration to protest the policies of the  Reagan administration and some Dallas-based corporations. After a march  through the city streets, Johnson burned an American flag while protesters  chanted. No one was physically injured or threatened with injury, although  several witnesses were seriously offended by the flag burning. Johnson  was convicted of desecration of a venerated object in violation of a Texas  statute, and a state court of appeals affirmed. However, the Texas Court of  Criminal Appeals reversed, holding that the State, consistent with the  First   Amendment , could not punish Johnson for burning the flag in these  circumstances. The court first found that Johnson's burning of the flag was  expressive conduct protected by the  First Amendment . The court  concluded that the State could not criminally sanction flag desecration in  order to preserve the flag as a symbol of national unity. It also held that the  statute did not meet the State's goal of preventing breaches of the peace, 
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