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Civil Rights – No Free-Speech Claim from City Flag Law (access required)

Sons of Confederate Veterans, Virginia Division v. City of Lexington Although a Virginia city previously allowed certain private speakers, including a university and a social fraternity, to temporarily use city-owned flag standards, the city did not violate the free speech rights of plaintiff Sons of Confederate Veterans by enacting an ordinance closing the city flag standards to all groups, including the SCV’s proposed use of the standards to fly the Confederate flag during a parade to honor two Confederate generals; the 4th Circuit upholds the city ordinance.

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