Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor Act

While the Obamacare ruling is currently dominating SCOTUS-related news, another decision took place this morning. SCOTUS struck down the Stolen Valor Act, a federal law that made it illegal to lie about military honors.

From The Wall Street Journal:

The court voted 6-3 Thursday in favor of Xavier Alvarez, a former local elected official in California who falsely claimed he was a decorated war veteran.

Justices Alito, Scalia, and Thomas dissented.

Naturally, a few people made light of the decision:

Others celebrated the ruling as a victory for free speech:

But the general consensus on Twitter was a mix of disappointment and anger:

But the story might not be over yet.


On another interesting note, as a testament to the power of Twitter, the news on Stolen Valor broke via Twitter at the same time it was announced on NBC.

When it comes to breaking news, the MSM really is no match for Twitter.

  • Pat Bateman

    Savvy focus switch. I forgot about any other rulings, but I also gather that Supreme Court is a total joke and that Twitchy is extremist partisan when it comes to free speech.

  • Arkelk

    I have not read the ruling, so I don’t know the arguments used. However, falsely claiming medals and military status falls into the fraud category, and should be fully prosecuted accordingly.

  • Malice_in_Blunderland

    Awww Skaught, be happy… you can still pretend to be a soldier to impress the chicks. God knows they’re not going for you based on the true story of your life

  • Michael D. Anderson

    wow, Forcing Americans to have healthcare or get fined is LEGAL! But stopping people from disrespecting our nations soldiers is ILLEGAL.

    Way to go SCOTUS, you fucking suck.

  • Delroy_Monjo

    WoW! That is truly sad. Kinda’ makes a Medal of Honor look like a recent Nobel prize now. Veterans don’t deserve this type of treatment.

  • lainer51

    no surprise – its like Ovomit getting the Nobel Peace Prize….one sham = another sham.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    No surprise. GOP likes to show they’re Bi-Partisan by allowing Anti-Americans to SAIL through vetting process.

    Watch closely & read lips (ie, actions) GOP “leadership” says to Donkey-Progressive: “Don’t worry! After re-election we’ll be free to help transform America!”

    Go ahead, Speaker Boner: !PROVE! me !WRONG! Fight and win on CONSEQUENTIAL things!
    !DON’T! Raise debt ceiling again, extend tax breaks, terminate DoE, EPA, etc!

    Go ahead! Show us ylu weren’t lying when you took your Oath of Office! Your actions, heretofore, have said otherwise.