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POLL: Lying About Military Medals, Just Another Lie?

The U.S. Supreme Court this week decided to overturn a law that criminalized lying about military decorations, saying it's protected as free speech. Do you agree?

If you lie about your age or weight, or height, is that the same as lying about earning a Silver Star or a Purple Heart? The nation's highest court said this week it's the same, and protected as free speech.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a split decision, overturned a California law that criminalized lying about military decorations, saying that the act was an unconstitutional infringement on free speech, according to a report in The New York Times.

The decision essentially says that a lie is protected speech, whether it's about war credentials or personal features.

The case arose from the prosecution of a man who said in a public meeting that he had received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, after being wounded in combat. The statements were lies, his attorney conceded, but protected as free speech.

The trial court disagreed, saying he knew the statements to be lies. An appeals court overturned that decision, saying it was criminalizing any lie. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed, overturning the "Stolen Valor Act," finding to do otherwise would have a chilling effect on public speech.

Do you agree? Vote in our poll and share your opinion in the comments.

Jim Rizoli July 01, 2012 at 11:07 PM
The wolf pack is back! How about getting back on track with this article. Jim@ccfiile.com
Myd Nevins July 01, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Agreed.
Myd Nevins July 01, 2012 at 11:23 PM
We have to remember this article is crossposted to other Patch towns. I don't see why they, or even my town, should have to deal with Framingham's two jesters.
Kira Gagarin July 01, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Agreed. This is on the Patch home page and is embarrassing, as a community. Seems like Susan is enjoying this beautiful weekend, I suggest everyone who has been bickering on here for the past 2 days to do the same the next time around.
Danielle Horn July 01, 2012 at 11:59 PM
OK - I'm going to shut down comments here. Thanks to all of those who have stayed on track. Please, please, please obey the pool rules; it's good for everyone!

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