Who had the original jurisdiction of Texas V Johnson?

I need to know who had the original jurisdiction of Texas V Johnson for a report i have to write in government class that's due tomorrow so i would very much appreciate a quick response <3


also can you tell me why the supreme court decided to take the case? ty ^_^

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  • 1 decade ago
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    GO TO WIKIPEDIA and type the following "Texas v Johnson" Its all there!!!

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Supreme Court of the United States

    Argued March 21, 1989

    Decided June 21, 1989

    Full case name Texas v. Gregory Lee Johnson

    Citations 491 U.S. 397 (more)

    109 S. Ct. 2533; 105 L. Ed. 2d 342; 1989 U.S. LEXIS 3115; 57 U.S.L.W. 4770

    Prior history Defendant convicted, Dallas County Criminal Court; affirmed, 706 S.W.2d 120 (Tex. App. 1986); reversed and remanded for dismissal, 755 S.W.2d 92 (Tex. Crim. App. 1988); cert. granted, 488 U.S. 884 (1988)


    A statute that criminalizes the desecration of the American flag violates the First Amendment. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed.

    Court membership

    Chief Justice

    William Rehnquist

    Associate Justices

    William J. Brennan, Jr. · Byron White

    Thurgood Marshall · Harry Blackmun

    John P. Stevens · Sandra Day O'Connor

    Antonin Scalia · Anthony Kennedy

    Case opinions

    Majority Brennan, joined by Marshall, Blackmun, Scalia, Kennedy

    Concurrence Kennedy

    Dissent Rehnquist, joined by White, O'Connor

    Dissent Stevens

    Laws applied

    U.S. Const. amend. I; Tex. Penal Code § 42.11(a)

    Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989)[1], was a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that invalidated prohibitions on desecrating the American flag in force in 48 of the 50 states. Justice William Brennan wrote for a five-justice majority in holding that the defendant's act of flag burning was protected speech under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Johnson was represented by attorneys David D. Cole and William Kunstler.

    Contents [hide]

    1 Background of the case

    2 The Supreme Court's decision

    2.1 Kennedy's Concurrence

    2.2 Rehnquist's dissent

    2.3 John Paul Stevens' dissent

    3 Subsequent developments

    4 See also

    5 References

    6 Further reading

    7 External links

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