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Veterans react to Supreme Court's Stolen Valor decision

3 years ago June 28, 2012 Jun 28, 2012 Thursday, June 28 2012 Thursday, June 28, 2012 5:10:37 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - "Shocked" and "disgusted" were two words on many veterans' minds after they learned the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Stolen Valor Act was unconstitutional.

The Act would have made it illegal for anyone to display military metals as accomplishments that he or she did not earn.

In a six to three decision, the Supreme Court ruled a person's right to lie is protected by the first amendment, and that includes wearing fake military metals or ribbons.

"I don't know if they understand the disrespect that they're doing by allowing liars and thieves to wear these medals," said Richard O'Brien of Denham Springs, a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

O'Brien hopes Congress re-writes the law to be more specific so the high court will uphold some kind of penalty.


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