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Flag-burning charges dropped

Charges against flag-burner and Ashland activist Ryan Navickas were dropped this morning in Ashland Municipal Court.

Citing a city rule which allows free speech on the Plaza, and the United States Supreme Court determination that flag-burning is a form of speech, Municipal Court Judge Allen Drescher dismissed the case against Navickas, who had been cited for burning a flag in April on the Plaza.

“I think it’s really great,” Navickas said.

“It sets a precedent for the way police handle those expressing their views and its a strong statement in support of the Constitution.”

Navickas had burned a flag in support of two other men arrested April 12 on the Plaza for burning an American flag.

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