Supreme Court Overturns Stolen Valor Act

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Supreme Court building. (Getty)

The Affordable Health Care Act wasn’t the only decision that the Supreme Court passed yesterday. By a 6-3 vote, the 2005 Federal Stolen Valor Act was struck down. The Act, which made it a crime to lie about having served in the military, was declared invalid under the First Amendment. 

The case stretches back to Xavier Alvarez, who falsely claimed to have received the Medal of Honor at a public hearing. He was prosecuted. But yesterday’s ruling means Alvarez’s act of deception is no longer illegal.

Pam Sterner wrote a paper called “Stolen Valor” about those who had never served in the military falsely claiming military rewards. Her husband, Doug Sterner, is the curator of the Military Times Hall of Valor


Doug Sterner and Pam Sterner

Produced by:

Paul R. Smith

Comments [2]

jane yavis from Pennsauken NJ

Here's what I don't understand yet,,,,,To lie is part of your First Ammendment -- However to lie on an application is cause for immediate dismissal. OK Management,,,,,Fire him ,,,,,, Someone is being paid lots of money to uphold their organization's rules,, Fire Him.

Jul. 02 2012 10:57 AM
robert barfield from orlando fl.

What a let down! Why can't we prosecute people for impersonating somone else? A medal winner for instance. Wonder how the Suprems would feel if someone pretended to be a Supreme court Judge? Here in Orlando a fellow was prosecuted for being a doctor. Why does the military require Polygraphs? Anyone refused a position because they were caght lying should be able to sue if a lie is protected under our Constitution.
Also,the decision on the Cross at Mt Soledad was terrible!!

Jul. 02 2012 10:40 AM

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