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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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......
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......
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
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...
The House of Representatives passed a new and allegedly improved version of the Stolen Valor Act on Thursday by a vote of 410-3. So are we headed for another Supreme Court Stolen Valor battle?......
Those who lie about military service with the intent of benefiting from those claims would be committing a crime under legislation passed by the House Wednesday. The Stolen Valor Act vote comes less than three months after the Supreme Court struck down an earlier version of the law.
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday overwhelmingly passed a new version of the Stolen Valor Act, a bill aimed at people who lie about receiving military medals and then attempt to profit from the deception. The first version of the Stolen Valor Act was struck down by the Supreme Court as a [...]
CBS and Associated Press report that the new Stolen Valor Act has passed in the House of representatives. The House’s 410-3 vote on what is known as the Stolen Valor Act came less than three months after the Supreme Court struck down the original act on the grounds that it violated First Amendment free speech [...]
The House of Representatives is expected to pass a retooled version of the Stolen Valor Act this week that makes it illegal for people to falsely claim military medals and combat service in order to obtain money or other valuables.
The second coming of the “Stolen Valor” Act (the Supreme Court struck down the first iteration on First Amendment grounds last term) is on the House’s “suspension” calendar today, meaning it will pass with a two-thirds majority vote, without amendment and after 40 minutes of debate. Show More Summary
Even though the Supreme Court struck down the Stolen Valor Act as a violation of the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals says those guarantees don’t apply to folks seeking to impersonate a police officer. From the Wall Street Journal; Douglas Chappell was stopped in October 2009 by a [...]
In one of the first cases to deploy the Supreme Court's June decision striking down the Stolen Valor Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday held 2-1 that Virginia's law against impersonating a police is constitutional.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about a revamped version of the so-called Stolen Valor Act. The revamp responded to a Supreme Court decision that declared an earlier version of the legislation—which made it a crime to falsely claim to have a military medal—unconstitutional. Show More Summary
Recently the Supreme Court struck down the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a federal crime to lie about aspects of military service even if the lie wasn’t involved in any sort of fraud. The high court, rightly, concluded that such a broad prohibition infringes upon free speech. Senator Kent Conrad, apparently wanting to be [...]
Now that the Stolen Valor Act has been struck down, Paul Clement said the government will have to be more sensitive when it attempts to regulate false speech.
Last month the Supreme Court overturned the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a federal crime to claim military honors one has not actually received, on First Amendment grounds. The law's ostensible goal was to protect he perceived value of military medals and decorations against the degradation caused by false claims. Show More Summary
There’s a Supreme Court decision that’s been bothering us since June 28. Not the Affordable Care Act or the Stolen Valor Act decision. We’re talking about the one that almost no one else is talking about: First American Financial v. Edwards.......