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.