High Court Torn Over Law Banning Lie About Medals

Justices of the Supreme Court are sharply divided over a law that makes it a crime to lie about having been awarded top military honors.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court appears to be sharply divided over a law that makes it a crime to lie about having been awarded top military honors.

The justices engaged in spirited debate Wednesday over the constitutionality of a 2006 law aimed at curbing false claims about military exploits.

Some justices said they worried that upholding the Stolen Valor Act could lead to laws that might make it illegal to lie about an extramarital affair or a college degree.

But others indicated that the law is narrowly drawn to try to prevent people from demeaning the system of military honors that was established by Gen. George Washington in 1782.

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  • by jazzcat on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:29 AM
    This is a bad law, and it shocks me that so many people are in favor of it. Governments have a long history of using unrelated law as a springboard to expand their power. The Stolen Valor Act is a textbook 'slippery slope' scenario, and people should be worried.
  • by Sniper on Feb 22, 2012 at 02:57 PM
    The only reason there is a debate is because of the 4 stupid left wing radical judges put on the bench by left wing radical presidents like Carter, Clinton and Obama.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 01:37 PM
    Obviously this is a very complex issue. Even our nation's best legal minds can't find a solution. Yet.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Feb 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    There should be a law against falsely claiming awards not earned. I inherited an Uncle's metals from my mom, who's only brother gave his life in World War 2. I am very proud of his service and sacrifice and would never dream of claiming them as my own. Those who would make a false claim have no sense of ethics.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM
    Lying about being a war criminal is no crime.
  • by Irvin Location: Louisville,Ky on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM
    As a WW2 vet,I despise lying individuals that falsely claim military service, wear military medals, insignia and military unit insignia.I see these persons usually as drunks,drug addicts,low-class bums or deluded mental cases.I am a retired US Army Sergeant Major.
  • by JIM Location: PHILIPPINES on Feb 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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      by RICO on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM in reply to JIM
      On the contrary, this is important, but the Supreme Court is the wrong avenue to take. From now on, anyone running for elected office who touts military service/awards should be required to produce a "DD214" (record of military service). It will list all assignments and awards. Problem solved. Oh, by the way, if they submit a doctored/false DD214, it's a Federal Crime at that point...
  • by Eagle II Location: Houston on Feb 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM
    Every one of these liberal legal authors who takes Medals like the CMOH lightly needs to see the SF MSGT Roy Benavidez Story. We have the President's Speech & then Roy's speech live here: http://wepatriots.com scroll down to various video's - his is the first in the line up. Also have a Korean War PoW's story live ( he could have went home via a Chinese offer.. - but chose to stay with his brothers in arms as PoW)
  • by Steph Location: Colorado springs on Feb 20, 2012 at 08:45 PM
    Pretty sad what people do for attention. You want to be a real American hero, a real veteran!! Take a close look that is used as the picture on this article, now that my friend is a real hero.. He died for this country.. Your fake medals can kiss my rear!! RIP SFC Bryan Hall KIA 10 April 2009
  • by Why not Location: CO on Feb 20, 2012 at 08:13 PM
    Put their photo and lie on a billboard in their home-town. Also have a website dedicated to the liars for all to see. They want attention - give it to them.
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