An introduction to Constitutional Law 100 Supreme Court cases everyone should know

Randy E. Barnett & Josh Blackman

In Stromberg v. California (1931), the defendant raised a red flag, which was a “reproduction of the flag of Soviet Russia.” The state convicted him for displaying this anarchist symbol. On appeal, the Supreme Court reversed Stromberg’s conviction. For the first time, the Justices found that a state restriction on speech was unconstitutional. Chief Justice Hughes wrote the majority opinion.

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