Lawmakers retarget ‘valor’ thieves after court rules bogus military boasts are free speech . Does this surprise you in light of their recent voting history?
A day after the Supreme Court struck down a law that made it a crime
to lie about military service, veterans groups and lawmakers are gearing
up for another battle.
The nation's top court voted 6-3 on Thursday that the Stolen Valor
Act of 2006 infringes upon speech protected by the First Amendment. The
law, which was enacted amid the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,
targeted those who made bogus claims about receiving the Medal of Honor
or other military decorations. The retooled Stolen Valor Act of 2011
wouldn't stop barroom boasting about bogus service, but would take aim
at people who benefit financially or otherwise from their phony claims.
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