• In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, protesters burn an American flag in Chicago. Champaign County Ill., State's Attorney Julia Rietz was alerted on July 4, 2016, that police had just arrested a resident on suspicion of burning an American flag. Rietz said she knew "immediately" that the Urbana Police Department needed to release him. The state law used to jail him, though clear in its prohibition of desecrating either the U.S. or state flags, is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    States’ flag-burning laws unconstitutional, but persist

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz had just finished walking in a July 4th parade when her assistant told her a central Illinois man had been arrested on suspicion of burning an American flag.

    Updated: 12:20 pm