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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Finds Stolen Valor Act Unconstitutional

While everyone waits for more details on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding the healthcare law, another opinion was released this morning.  In United States v. Alvarez, the Supreme Court considered the question whether the Stolen Valor Act that holds citizens criminally liable for lying about receiving medals of honor violates an individual's right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals previously held that it did violate the First Amendment, and the Supreme Court granted certiorari last October.  This morning (June 28, 2012), the Supreme Court affirmed the Ninth Circuit decision, finding that the Act does violate the First Amendment. 

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink


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