Fleming v. City of Alamosa

Freedom of Expression & Religion
ACLU Case No. 2003-04


In response to the war in Iraq, and to express his view that the country was in distress, John Fleming displayed a flag upside-down in the store window of his business in Alamosa, Colorado. Relying on an antiquated Colorado statute that makes "contempt of flag" a crime, City authorities told Fleming to take the flag down or face a criminal prosecution. The ACLU of Colorado intervened and persuaded Alamosa authorities that Mr. Fleming's display was symbolic expression that is fully protected by the First Amendment.


Mark Silverstein , ACLU of Colorado Legal Director

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