Supreme Court To Rule On If It’s A Crime To Lie About Military Achievements
Can lying be a crime?
The federal Stolen Valor Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005. The law makes it illegal to falsely claim to be the recipient of military honors and decorations and can be punishable by fines and up to a year in jail.
The law was challenged by lawyers for Xavier Alvarez, a former California water district board member who lied at a public meeting about receiving a Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor in combat.
Alvarez had never even served in the military.
But should the government be allowed to punish a person for exaggerating?