Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Saluting Marie Barnet

Over at the First Amendment Center's blog, David L. Hudson, Jr., has a post based on his interview of Marie Snodgrass, nee Barnet, one of the two sisters in flag salute case, West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette. Hudson writes:
Marie and her sister were the “Barnettes” (a court clerk misspelled the family’s surname) in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette (1943), in which the Court struck down a West Virginia law that required public school students to stand, salute the American flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The famous decision established that public school students had First Amendment rights and that the First Amendment often prohibits the government from compelling people to engage in certain speech.

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