A 75-year-old veteran was acquitted of a misdemeanor for illegally hanging an American flag on the fence of a Veterans Affairs facility without permission.
Robert Rosebrock had broken a VA statute that says the posting of materials or "placards" on VA property is prohibited except when given prior permission from the head of the facility.
Rosebrock had displayed two napkin-sized American flags on a fence near the "Great Lawn Gate" entrance to the Veterans Park in West Los Angeles last Memorial Day.
He along with other veterans have gathered at the site almost every Sunday and Memorial Day for the past 9 years to protest what they say is the VA's failure to make use of the site's property to care for their veterans.
US Magistrate Judge Steve Kim found Rosebrock not guilty saying there was no evidence that showed he didn't have permission to post the flags nor was there evidence he even displayed them in the first place.
If he had been convicted, the vet would have faced six months in prison.
Rosebrock was pleased with the verdict.
"[I'm] honored that the flag was exonerated -- and for once the veterans got a victory.''