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South Carolina’s Stolen Valor law

South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, signed that state’s new stolen valor act into law yesterday, according to The Republic. Considering that the state subsidizes a large number of phoney POWs there, prosecutors should be pretty busy enforcing the law; The law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley makes the lie a misdemeanor, with the punishment depending […]

Pucino family: strengthen Stolen Valor Act

You probably we remember the story we posted in January about obese POS Brandon Ashraf who impersonated late Army SSG Matthew Pucino on dating websites with Pucino’s Facebook photos. Ashraf was arrested for criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor. Pucino’s surviving family members are pushing to strengthen the Stolen Valor Act passed last year to prevent phonies […]

How to be a good phony soldier

Hack.Stone wrote in the comments how there should be a written document to explain to phonies how to act after they’ve been busted. So, I’ve taken it upon myself, as we gear up for our annual tournament of Stolen Valor, to explain that process to the uninitiated. First, don’t deny military records. If the records […]

How Australia punishes stolen valor

From Perth Now, the story of how to punish stolen valor violations. Graeme Arthur “Gosh” O’Shannessy, 63, of Theodore, in central west Queensland, appeared in Biloela Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two Defence Act offences. [...] It will be alleged that, on April 22, O’Shannessy addressed a school assembly of more than 100 students, teachers […]

Kerkorian; Act of Stolen Valor

Kevin sends us a link to the Chicago Tribune which says that they found someone who wrote a graduate paper based solely on the tall tales of Robert Kerkorian, the disgraced police chief of Waukegan, IL. It seems he told the grad student about harrowing SEAL reconnaissance into some unnamed country in the mid-1980s. From [...]

TAH in Florida Today

With the Stolen Valor Act in the news again because the President signed it into law once more, we’ve been getting calls from around the country once again. In today’s Florida Today, Norman Moody writes about our friends and includes us in his examination of the issue; Jonn Lilyea, a combat veteran who tracks false [...]

Obama Signs Stolen Valor Act Into Law

If you lie about being awarded military honors for profit, you can now be subject to criminal prosecution, according to a new law signed by President Obama today. The Stolen Valor Act of 2013, introduced in January by Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), “makes it a...

Targeting Phony Heroes: Stolen Valor Act Awaits Obama’s Signature

Four days before the nation’s veterans make their way down their hometown streets in a flurry of star spangled confetti for Memorial Day, a bill to protect war heroes from impostors is making its way to the White House for President Obama’s signature. The Stolen Valor...

Senate Passes Stolen valor Act 2013 unanimously

TSO tells us that the Senate passed the 2013 version of the Stolen Valor Act, less than a year after the original was struck down by the US Supreme Court as a violation of the First Amendment guarantees to free speech. There are no links yet, so i guess we’ll have to go on his [...]

New Stolen Valor Act Breezes Through House

A new version of a bill that targets fake war heroes easily passed the House of Representatives late Monday with a 390-3 vote. The bill, H.R. 258 also known as the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, is the latest attempt by Congress to push through...

2013 Stolen Valor Act passes House

The Associated Press reports that the House has passed the latest version of the Stolen Valor Act in a 390-3 vote. 40 members of Congress didn’t vote, the three who voted against it were Justin Amash (R-MI), Paul Broun (R-GA), and Thomas Massie (R-KY). Here’s the roll call vote. This is probably the best bill [...]

Justiceline: February 8, 2013

Welcome to Justiceline, ThinkProgress Justice’s morning round-up of the latest legal news and developments. Remember to follow us on Twitter at @TPJustice Last June the Supreme Court struck down the Stolen Valor Act, which prohibited people from falsely claiming that they won certain military honors. Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) now wants to revive as much [...]

Stolen Valor Act II stalled in reconciliation

Chip sends us a link to an article in the Marine Corps Times by Rick Maze which tells us that the second iteration of the Stolen Valor Act was caught in the reconciliation committee after passing in the Senate and the House; Missing from the [2013 defense policy bill] is Stolen Valor Act legislation that [...]

Stealing from “Toys for Tots” in Aurora

Daniel sends us a link from CBSDenver which proves why we need a Stolen Valor Act. Stealing toys from needy kids is pretty low; Local spokesman Gunnary [sic] Sgt. David Bull told CBS4 the suspect may be a man who calls himself Gunnary [sic] Sgt. Mix. He was described as being a black male who [...]

U.S. v. Hamilton: Stolen Valor and Defrauding the VA - Part II

Yesterday, we introduced you to PFC Hamilton, who was convicted of theft of benefits from the Veterans Affairs and of wearing medals and ranks not issued to him. Today, we discuss the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act. In 2010, Hamilton posed as a Colonel, in full dress blues, with......

US v. Hamilton: Stolen Valor and Defrauding the VA - Part I

But, didn't the SCOTUS just address Stolen Valor? They did, but as many a government body tends to do, they only dealt in half-measures. The entire statute popularly referred to as the Stolen Valor Act consisted of multiple parts. One part, addressed in Alvarez by SCOTUS, barred verbal claims of......

Does the Supreme Court understand Orwell's "1984"? No!

Yesterday, I was studying United States v. Alvarez, the case, decided last June, about the Stolen Valor Act (which made a crime about lying about having received a military medal). In the process of explaining why the law violates the...Show More Summary

Medals and Medalists

In today’s Impromptus, I mention the Stolen Valor Act, saying I’m of two minds about it: “On one hand, it’s wrong to lie about military medals. On the other, it’s wrong to lie period. Protected speech and all that.” A reader writes, Keep reading this post...

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