A woman holds an American flag. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

75-year-old veteran not guilty of hanging American flags on fence at VA

Robert Rosebrock and other veterans have met in front of the Great Lawn Gate for nine years to protest what they say is a failure of the VA to fully use the park property to benefit homeless veterans.

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Rosebrock was cited for hanging two small flags along the fence last Memorial Day under a VA statute that denies posting materials on VA property unless authorized. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim ruled that Rosebrock was not guilty of the violation and said that the regulation violates the First Amendment.

“(I’m) honored that the flag was exonerated and for once the veterans got a victory,” Rosebrock told KNBC after the trial.

The federal misdemeanor carried a six-month maximum penalty.

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