"Stolen Valor" Knocked Down
Another SCOTUS decision slipped under the radar this morning:
The Supreme Court today struck down the Stolen Valor Act that made it illegal to falsely claim to be the recipient of military honors and decorations, SCOTUSblog.com reports.
The court found that the statute violates the First Amendment.
The decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, says the law, as written, "seeks to control and suppress all false statements on this one subject in almost limitless times and settings without regard to whether the lie was made for the purpose of material gain."
This is a correct decision. However, people who do wear medals they haven't earned absolutely must be shunned by all decent people.