Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor law - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor law

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON (AP) -

The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law making it a crime to lie about having received the Medal of Honor and other prized military awards.

The court voted 6-3 Thursday in favor of Xavier Alvarez, a former local elected official in California who falsely claimed he was a decorated war veteran.

Alvarez had pleaded guilty to violating a 2006 law that was adopted with the nation at war in Afghanistan and Iraq and aimed at people making phony claims of heroism in battle.

The court, in a judgment written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, ordered that his conviction be thrown out.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Related Items

Updated:

Read the Supreme Court decision here.Related StoriesShould wearing unearned military medals be treated as a crime More>>

  • Online Poll

  • Do you think lying about military service should be a crime?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    91%
    64 votes
    No
    9%
    6 votes
Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.