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  • 9th Circus Invalidates Stolen Valor Act

    http://www.military.com/news/article...ESRC=army-a.nl

    PASADENA -- The Stolen Valor Act, under which former water board member Xavier Alvarez was fined and ordered to perform community service in 2007, was upheld as being unconstitutional.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling determining that a law barring people from lying about their military heroics was a violation of free speech.

    The earlier ruling, which was made by three of the court's members in August, invalidated the 2006 act by Congress.

    Alvarez, a Pomona resident and then a member of the Three Valleys Municipal Water District board, pleaded guilty in July 2008 to falsely saying he had won the Medal of Honor. He was fined $5,000 and sentenced to three years of probation, which required community service.

    Alvarez is currently at Centinela State Prison in Imperial County for defrauding the water district after being convicted of registering an ex-wife for health benefits with the district in 2007.

    Jonathan Libby, Alvarez's public defender, said, "It affirms what I believe to be the right decision," and noted that Chief Judge Alex Kozinski's written opinion was "quite compelling."
    I wonder of the law is still good for people who obtain benefits/compensation for lying about military service or awards.
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    I wonder if this means I can go around pretending to be a lawyer if I feel like it.

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    Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it is vanity;
    but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
    for they act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.....”

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    • #3
      Originally posted by M-11 View Post
      I wonder if this means I can go around pretending to be a lawyer if I feel like it.

      M-11
      What the hell would you do that for? for Gods sake if you are going to lie about something make it a worthwhile something
      It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

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      • #4
        Im a porn star
        I don't answer recruitment messages....

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        • #5
          I think the wearing of unauthorized medals was not invalidated.
          I don't answer recruitment messages....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by orlandofed5-0 View Post
            I think the wearing of unauthorized medals was not invalidated.
            Does that mean they can "say" but not "show"?

            So one could be at a HS reunion and walk around saying it, but they better not be wearing it?
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