Federal court determines “Stolen Valor” as free speech

Federal court determines “Stolen Valor” as free speech

A federal appeals court tossed out a veteran’s conviction for wearing military medals he didn’t earn,determining it was a form of free speech.

Monday’s decision based on the first amendment allows people to wear military honors without earning them.

The law stems from an Idaho man convicted in 2007 who falsely claimed military accomplishments after former President George W. Bush signed the Stolen Valor Act in 2006.
The U.S. Supreme Court did strike the law down in 2012 as a violation of free speech protections.

We reached out to the American Legion Post 56 in Yuma to hear their thoughts on the matter.

“It diminishes the value of the ribbon or the medal if you haven’t earned it. I mean why wear it. It really goes against everything that we in the military while we are in the military hold sacred,” American Legion Commander Andrew Noriega said.

Congress passed a new law in 2013 making it a crime to profit financially by lying about military service.

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