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Panama City News Herald Newspaper Archives Mar 31 1990, Page 3

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Panama City News Herald (Newspaper) - March 31, 1990, Panama City, Florida Supreme court agrees to Rule on Flag burning Law James h. Rubin associated press Washington the supreme court at the urging of the Bush administration agreed today to decide by Early summer the constitutionality of a new Federal Law making it a crime to Burn the american Flag. The court put the politically charged Issue on a fast track that will allow it to announce a decision by july in cases from the District of Columbia and Seattle. Lower courts struck Down the Law in both cases. The justices will hear arguments in the cases May 14. Today a action is extraordinary. The court traditionally holds its last argument sessions in april. The last time the court heard arguments after april was june 24, 1981, when it studied the legality of the agreement that ended the Iran hostage crisis. The Justice department has urged the court to uphold the Flag burning Law despite the departments misgivings and statements by president Bush that a constitutional amendment to protect the Flag is preferable. The department in Legal briefs filed with the court said two judges who declared the Law unconstitutional a overvalued. The narrow category of expressive conduct at stake and undervalued the compelling governmental interest that lies at the Core of the statute the preservation of the Flag As the unique Symbol of our conviction under the Law carries a maximum one year jail sentence. The Justice department acknowledged that Bush allowed the Law to be enacted oct. 28 without his signature because he questions its constitutionality and prefers a constitutional amendment to assure the same Protection for the Flag. Bush said he has a serious doubts the Law can withstand supreme court review and said a a constitutional amendment is the Only Way to ensure that our Flag is protected from leaders of the democratic controlled House of representatives also urged the court to review the Law but did not support the administration bid for seeded up review. The justices voting 5-4 last june struck Down a Texas Law barring desecration or destruction of the Flag. The court said burning the american Flag As a form of political protest is protected by the constitutions free speech guarantees. The controversy echoes themes from the 1988 presidential Campaign in which Bush stressed patriotic values and attacked his democratic opponent gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts for vetoing state legislation to require that Public schoolteachers Lead their classes in the pledge of allegiance. With approved credit Over too models in Stock satisfaction guaranteed 3 Day Home trial on in Stock items lifetime Ltd. Warranty custom order at Sale prices 100 s of styles and sizes to select from knowledgeable sales personnel to serve you no hassle or High pressure bl/covtr664 w. 23d St. Panama City 769-6622 2500 Montgomery Hwy. Dothan 792-2345 free delivery free delivery hours Montri 9 00-6 of sat 10 of 5 of

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