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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
Virginia v. Black
Citation:Virginia v. Black, 538 U.S. 343, 123 S.Ct. 1536, 155 L.Ed.2d 535 (2003)
A Virginia statute made it unlawful to burn a cross on the property of another or in a public place with the intent of intimidating others. The statute provided that “Any such burning of a cross shall be prima facie evidence of an intent to intimidate a person or group of persons.” Black led a Ku Klux Klan rally on private property, near a state highway where a large cross was burned. In a separate case, the two other defendants attempted to burn a cross in the yard of an African-American.
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