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John Q. Barrett (2006) on West Virginia State Bd. of Education v. Barnette (1943)

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Published on Dec 11, 2010

John Q. Barrett is Professor of Law at St. John's University and Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow at the Robert H. Jackson Center. These are excerpts from his closing remarks at an April 28, 2006, Jackson Center program on the Supreme Court's 1943 Barnette decision, which held that it was unconstitutional for a public school to compel Jehovah's Witness schoolchildren to pledge allegiance and to salute the American flag. Other participants in the program included plaintiffs Gathie and Marie Barnett; attorney Bennett Boskey, who served as chief law clerk to Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone; and author Shawn Francis Peters. In these excerpts, Barrett discusses Justice Robert H. Jackson, who wrote the Court's opinion. An edited transcript of this event is published in the St. John's Law Review. For further information, see http://www.roberthjackson.org

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