September 13, 2016
Popehat

California: No, You Can’t Show That Civil War Painting At A State Fair. It Has a Confederate Flag In It.

You may have seen something about this already: a California state legislator’s mother was offended when she saw novelty Confederate money bearing the Confederate flag in the gift shop at the State Capitol. Naturally her son proposed a new law, now in effect, banning the State of California from displaying

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Case: Desmond v. Harris et. al.

September 9, 2016
Daily Journal

When officials enforce laws in bizarre ways, taxpayers pay

The “butterfly effect,” as used in chaos theory, is the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil may help cause a tornado in Kansas. In law and politics, the butterfly effect is both more prosaic and more perverse. It shows us that a state legislator’s mother becoming annoyed in Read More →

Case: Desmond v. Harris et. al.

September 6, 2016
Legal News Line

Fresno artist whose Civil War painting was banned challenges California’s Confederate flag law

A Fresno man created a Civil War painting and exhibited it at his county fair this year, but the painting prompted fair officials to contact the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris because of concerns about it containing a Confederate flag.

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Case: Desmond v. Harris et. al.

September 2, 2016
LA Times

Taking a ban on Confederate flag displays to an absurd extreme

When California legislators passed a law two years ago banning state government from selling or displaying Confederate flags, the measure seemed silly and not particularly meaningful.

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Case: Desmond v. Harris et. al.

September 1, 2016
The Guam Daily

Dave Davis’ right to vote

On Sept. 1 at the federal courthouse, Dave Davis will argue that the much-discussed status plebiscite should at last be put out of its misery.

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Case: Davis v. Guam

September 1, 2016
Washington Post

California bans painting of Civil War battle from County Fair art show, because painting includes Confederate battle flag

California Government Code § 8195 provides that “The State of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, also referred to as the Stars and Bars, or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such an image unless the image appears in a book,

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Case: Desmond v. Harris et. al.

September 1, 2016
The Guam Daily

Hearing in Davis plebiscite lawsuit begins today

A lawsuit filed by Arnold “Dave” Davis relative to the political status plebiscite regarding Guam’s quest for self-determination is scheduled to begin today at 9 a.m. The hearing will be the first instance in which both sides will argue the merits of their case.

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Case: Davis v. Guam

September 1, 2016
Wall Street Journal

Artist Sues California for Banning Painting Showing Confederate Flag from County Fair

A California artist is suing the state of California for refusing to let him display a Civil War painting at a state-run fair because it shows a Southern soldier holding a Confederate flag.

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Case: Desmond v. Harris et. al.

August 31, 2016
NPR

Fresno Artist Sues State Over Confederate Flag Ban

CIR President Terry Pell discusses Desmond v. Harris on NPR’s California Report.

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Case: Desmond v. Harris et. al.

August 27, 2016
The Fresno Bee

Artist sues Fresno Fair for banning his Civil War painting

A Fresno artist is suing California state officials, accusing them of violating his free speech rights by keeping his Civil War painting that shows a soldier holding a Confederate flag from being exhibited at The Big Fresno Fair last year.

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Case: Desmond v. Harris et. al.