April 20, 1983
In UNITED STATES v. GRACE, decided on this day, The US Supreme Court ruled that Title 40 U.S.C. 13K, which prohibited the “display [of] any flag, banner, or device designed or adapted to bring into public notice any party, organization, or movement” in the United States Supreme Court building or on its grounds, which are defined to include the public sidewalks constituting the outer boundaries of the grounds” was unconstitutional. One of the defendants was Thaddeus “Spike” Zywicki, who spent many years living and working for peace in San Antonio. This 2015 Boston Globe article describes the current law regarding protests outside the Supreme Court.