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Stolen Valor Act

Wearing Unearned Military Medals Is A Constitutional Right, Appeals Court Rules

Associated Press | Nina Golgowski | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran's conviction for wearing military medals he didn't earn, saying it was a...

Ryan Grim

Inspiration For Scott Brown's Bill Endorses Elizabeth Warren

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vietnam veteran Doug Sterner, the inspiration for Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's recently introduced Stolen Valor Act, is endorsing Br...

The Supremes Say It's Okay to Steal Your Valor

Jessica Levinson | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

The First Amendment protects not just what we want to say and hear, but also disgusting, despicable statements that we would rather people not say or hear.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Says It's No Crime To Lie About Military Honors

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress improperly criminalized lies about receiving military honors, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. In striking down the Stol...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Debates Lying About Military Honors

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday morning appeared divided over whether to strike down a federal law that makes it a crime for a person to ...

Criminalizing Lies -- An Unusual Free Speech Case in Supreme Court

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act to protect the reputation of military decorations and honors from false pretenders. Such false representations dishonor the decorations themselves, and diminish the reputation.

How a Gay Man's Harmless Political Expression May Lead to Prison Time

Taylor Asen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Asen

It should not be for Congress to decide that certain objects' symbolic value warrants trampling on the right of American citizens to engage in free speech.

Rachel Maddow Slams Orrin Hatch, Stolen Valor Act Would Punish Blumenthal, Not Mark Kirk (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate race has been dramatic from the beginning. First, Barack Obama was elected President, vacating the seat. Then, former Illinois Gov...

Rick Strandlof Stolen Valor Case Seeks To Redefine 'Poorly Written' Law

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Rick Strandlof may have lied about being a decorated Iraq War veteran, but those lies are protected by the First Amendment, according to his attorney ...

Phony Veteran Activist In Colorado Springs Issued Arrest Warrant

The Denver Post | Nancy Lofholm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Rick Glen Strandlof, a former mental patient who posed as a wounded Marine captain to found a statewide veterans group and campaign for political cand...