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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 ...

Obama Signs Bill Criminalizing Lying About Military Medals

AP | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama has signed a bill making it a crime to lie about receiving a military medal. The Stolen Val...

Congress Approves Measure On Lying About Medals

AP | Associated Press | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lying about receiving a military medal could become a crime, under a bill headed to the president's desk. The Stolen Valor Act cleared ...

House Passes Bill Protecting Against Military Medal Lies

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- People who falsely claim they have received a military medal in order to obtain money or government benefits could face up to a year in ...

Ryan Grim

Inspiration For Scott Brown's Bill Endorses Elizabeth Warren | 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.

Odd Supreme Court Ruling Draws Ire From Veterans

AP | ALLEN REED | Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Jack Jacobs can proudly – and truthfully – say he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor in Vietnam. Afte...

Mike Sacks

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

Court Says It's Illegal To Lie About Being A War Hero

AP | IVAN MORENO | Posted 03.28.2012 | Denver

DENVER — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a federal law making it illegal to lie about being a war hero is constitutiona...

Defendant Says Military Impostor Law Is Unconstitutional

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A federal law that makes it illegal to lie about being a military hero with medals should be upheld because it doesn't target legitimat...

Stolen Valor Act

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — The U.S. Justice Department will appeal two court decisions that said a federal law making it illegal to lie about being a war hero is ...

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.

Judge: Imposter War hero Can't Be Charged

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A law that makes it illegal to lie about being a war hero is unconstitutional because it violates free speech, a federal judge ruled Friday...

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

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A federal law against lying about military medals is facing First Amendment challenges in Colorado and California. Lawyers in both cas...

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...