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Sun Jan 22, 2017, 11:37 PM

Charge Dropped Against Man Who Burned Flag at RNC in Ohio

The man whose case led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the burning of the American flag being protected by free speech no longer faces a charge over another flag-burning at last summer's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Cleveland.com reports ( http://bit.ly/2iTxPQS ) court filings show prosecutors last week dropped the misdemeanor assault charge against Gregory "Joey" Johnson. A city spokesman didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

The 60-year-old San Francisco man was arrested after he set an American flag on fire during a July 20 protest near an RNC security entrance.

Johnson's attorney says the charges were politically motivated.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/charge-dropped-man-burned-flag-rnc-ohio-44967173

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