2010-06-12 / Editorials & Letters

Flags raise questions about jurisdiction

Editor:

June 14th is Flag Day. United States Code 4 U.S.C. 1 and 2 describes the official American Flag. Red, White, Blue.

Army Reg. 840-10 describes a Military Flag. Red, White and Blue with a 2 1/2 inch gold fringe around three sides; a flag to be used indoors for parades and ceremonies. Army Reg. 840- 10 also lists other authorized use of that flag, one of which is in Military courtrooms.

Outside the courthouse in Licking County flies Old Glory (4 U.S.C. 1,2). Inside the courthouse flies Old Glory. In the court room behind the judge flies the Army Reg. 840-10 flag with the 2 1/2 inch gold fringe.

If in the courtyard you are under the jurisdiction of the United States flag (U.S.C. 4,1,2) and in the courthouse you are under the jurisdiction of the United States flag. My question is this; “When you go into the courtroom with the United States Military flag with the gold fringe (Army Reg. 840-10) behind the judge, are you under jurisdiction of the military court?”

There is a difference. In a military court you are guilty until proven innocent. In a common pleas court you are innocent until proven guilty.
Harold Metheny
Pataskala

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