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High court to hear Stolen Valor case

3 years ago February 20, 2012 Feb 20, 2012 Monday, February 20 2012 Monday, February 20, 2012 5:31:32 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court this week will review one of the first cases of someone prosecuted under the Stolen Valor Act.

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has struck down the 2006 law, which is aimed at curbing false claims of military valor. That court called it an unconstitutional restraint on free speech.

Last month, however, an appeals court in Denver upheld the law, saying the First Amendment does not always protect false statements.

Lawyers for the man at the center of the high court's case say their client, who claimed to have been awarded the Medal of Honor, sometimes has trouble telling the truth.

But they say his lies harmed no one and shouldn't be considered fraud.

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