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Federal appeals court to hear arguments on Utah flag desecration law

[JURIST] A special session of the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals meeting at the University of Utah [official website] Wednesday will hear arguments about a Utah state law that prohibits the desecration of the US flag [official text]. Several different individuals are challenging the law's constitutionality, alleging that Salt Lake County officials acted against the US Supreme Court ruling in Texas v. Johnson [text] which held that a similar law was unconstitutional. Salt Lake County Attorney David Yocom has alleged that the plaintiffs challenging the law lack standing, as one man was never prosecuted, and the charge against the other was dropped. AP has more.

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