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Thursday, June 28, 2012

IN ANOTHER CASE OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE, U. S. SUPREME COURT FINDS CRIMINALIZING FALSE CLAIM OF MILITARY VALOR, MEDALS OR DECORATIONS VIOLATES FREE SPEECH. RULING INVALIDATES KENTUCKY'S LAW ON SUBJECT.

THE CASE IS UNITED STATES v. ALVAREZ. YOU CAN READ THE OPINION HERE.

IN ESSENCE THE COURT'S SYNOPSIS IS BELOW:

The Stolen Valor Act makes it a crime to falsely claim receipt of military decorations or medals and provides an enhanced penalty if the Congressional Medal of Honor is involved. 18 U. S. C. ยงยง704 (b), (c).Respondent pleaded guilty to a charge of falsely claiming that he had received the Medal of Honor, but reserved his right to appeal his claim that the Act is unconstitutional. The Ninth Circuit reversed, finding the Act invalid under the First Amendment. WE AFFIRM

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