Health care wasn’t the only decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday. The high court also ruled as unconstitutional a law that made falsifying claims about one’s military decorations and service a crime.
Known as the “Stolen Valor Act” – it was passed in 2005 and Xavier Alvarez was charged under the law in 2007 when he lied about being a Medal of Honor recipient when serving as a member of a California water board. Howard Altman with the Tampa Tribune reports:
The Stolen Valor law is fatally flawed, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.
“Statutes suppressing or restricting speech must be judged by the sometimes inconvenient principles of the First Amendment,” Kennedy wrote.
Some lawmakers are already vowing to find another way to deter individuals from lying about military service and honors according to a report in the LA Times.
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