In that case, which was decided by the Supreme Court in 1989, a man named Gregory Johnson had been sentenced to one year in prison after violating a Texas flag desecration law. Johnson dumped kerosene on a U.S. flag and burned it as part of a political demonstration. His sentence was overturned by the high court, establishing the precedent of flag desecration being protected as free speech.
Jerez said the demonstration in Hyrum was meant as a criticism of the government.
"I see the flag as something that represents our country, represents our government and I feel like it's not the same government, not the same country that it should be," Jerez said. "There's a lot of issues going on, a lot of things the government is doing that aren't right."
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