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Judge Dismisses New Rochelle Veterans' Flag Lawsuit

A federal judge dismissed a case that alleged the city of New Rochelle was violating a veterans group's rights when it flew a Gadsden flag on city property.
A federal judge dismissed a case that alleged the city of New Rochelle was violating a veterans group's rights when it flew a Gadsden flag on city property. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- A federal judge dismissed a case from a New Rochelle veterans organization that claimed the city was violating its first Amendment Rights, according to LoHud.com.

The United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association had long been responsible for replacing the American flag at the city armory, but in March 2013 it also added a Gadsden flag, which is now associated with the tea party, LoHud.com reported.

The veterans organization said it flew the Gadsden flag for purely historical reasons, but the city took it down anyway. The judge ruled that since the flag was flown on a city flagpoll, it was government and not private speech, LoHud.com said.

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