The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has determined that a CalArts student violated state law with his controversial American flag exhibit but does not plan to file charges against him, a spokesman said last week.
Adam Greene's controversial exhibit featured a flag draped across the floor in the main lobby of the Valencia campus.
"We have determined that Adam Greene did, in fact, violate Section 614 of the Military and Veterans Code by defiling the flag," said Deputy Dist. Atty. James A. Baker. "He invited people to walk on the flag, and that is defiling the flag."
The exhibit has been closed since last Monday, when two men snatched the flag and turned it in to the Santa Clarita sheriff's station. The men have not been charged because no one has filed a complaint against them, authorities said. Greene said he is considering filing such a complaint.
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old student faces an official inquest after several residents from the surrounding community called sheriff's deputies to report his exhibit. The maximum penalty for misdemeanor flag defiling is six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.