Police: USU student won’t be cited for flag desecration after all

Jul 9 2011 - 10:55pm

LOGAN -- Cache County officials say a Utah State University student and a friend will not receive a citation for writing a political statement on an American flag and carrying it during a Fourth of July parade.

Chief Deputy Brad Slater says the county attorney decided the actions of Justin Jerez and his friend did not warrant prosecution.

The 20-year-old Jerez, of North Logan, and three friends wrote "Children of Debt, Inheritors of War" on a flag and carried it upside down along the parade route in Hyrum.

A deputy told Jerez that he and his friend would be cited. Writing on a state or national flag is illegal in Utah, but the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that such laws are unconstitutional.

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