Supreme Court Strikes Down Stolen Valor Law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law making it a crime to lie about having received the Medal of Honor and other prized military awards.

The court voted 6-3 Thursday in favor of Xavier Alvarez, a
former local elected official in California who falsely claimed he
was a decorated war veteran.

Alvarez had pleaded guilty to violating a 2006 law that was
adopted with the nation at war in Afghanistan and Iraq and aimed at
people making phony claims of heroism in battle. The court, in a
judgment written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, ordered that his
conviction be thrown out.


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