First Amendment: Stolen valor case goes to U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a California man held criminally liable for lying about his military exploits. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the man’s lies were permissible under the First Amendment.

A dissenting judge wrote that the Supreme Court had already established that false statements of fact are not protected speech. -db

From the Courthouse News Service, October 17, 2011, by Barbara Leonard.

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