Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor Act for military medals - BostonHerald.com
Apparently, you can legally lie about being a veteran who has received military honors, now. I'm not sure how this is any different than lying about being professionally licensed, a doctor, active military, or LEO. This is absurd and a slap in the face to veterans and soldiers in arms, everywhere. Anyways, I guess it is OK to lie about military service to get a firearm/ammo discount, too. Not that I would... Just wanted this thread to be firearm related.SAN DIEGO -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a crime to lie about receiving military medals.
By a 6-3 decision, the high court said the right to lie about medals and military service, while unattractive, is protected by the First Amendment.
The decision came in the case of Xavier Alvarez, a former member of the Three Valleys Municipal Water District in Southern California. Alvarez had claimed he was a former Marine and recipient of the Medal of Honor; in fact, he had never served in the military.
Alvarez, a resident of Pomona, Calif., was sentenced to three years’ probation, a $5,000 fine and community service. His attorneys appealed; the 9th Circuit of Appeals upheld his appeal, and the Department of Justice appealed to the Supreme Court.
The law was passed by Congress in 2005 and signed by President George W. Bush. It called for a possible one-year prison term.