Crime: This Flag's Not For Burning

This Flag's Not For Burning

More than two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag is a constitutionally protected form of free expression. But some Southerners aren't about to make it easy for protesters to burn another flag they hold dear: the Confederate Stars and Bars.

Last week a municipal judge in Shreveport, La., sentenced Ronald Hamilton to four days of community service for torching a Confederate flag outside the city's courthouse last July to protest a monument to Confederate soldiers. Since the city has no ordinance prohibiting flag burning, Hamilton was found guilty of violating a ban on illegal burning. Judge...

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