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Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Stolen Valor’ Law – WSJ.com

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court cited First Amendment rights to free speech in striking down a law that made it a federal crime to falsely claim to have been awarded military-honor medals.

The 6-3 majority opinion upheld a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had declared unconstitutional the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 statute Congress passed “to protect the reputation and meaning” of military honors.

Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “Permitting the government to decree this speech to be a criminal offense, whether shouted from the rooftops or made in a barely audible whisper, would endorse government authority to compile a list of subjects about which false statements are punishable.”

via Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Stolen Valor’ Law – WSJ.com.

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June 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment