Let's not forget the other decisions today. Court also struck down the Stolen Valor Act. bit.ly/OzfgQ9—
Ed Zelaski (@edzelaski) June 28, 2012
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:
I'm outraged the Supreme Court struck down the Stolen Valor Act. Now the Congressional Medal of Honor I won seems useless.—
Dan Burt (@DanBurt) June 28, 2012
As the granddaughter of military and seen people locally pretend to be soldiers when they're not, striking down the Stolen Valor Act hurts.—
Megan Lavey-Heaton (@MegsLeigh) June 28, 2012
Big news for the alcoholic uncles of America, the Stolen Valor Act was ruled unconstitutional.—
Hatey McLife (@Hatey_McLife) June 28, 2012
Others celebrated the ruling as a victory for free speech:
Woo! Court strikes down Stolen Valor Act. Another victory for free speech.—
Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) June 28, 2012
Win for free speech: Supreme Court says "right to lie about medals & military service…protected by 1st Amendment" latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/06/…—
Justin D. Martin (@Justin_D_Martin) June 28, 2012
But the general consensus on Twitter was a mix of disappointment and anger:
SCOTUS strikes down Stolen Valor Act! is incredibly wrong!!! lying about a medal of honor is a breach n trust not free speech smh—
Buffies Snatcher (@JusCallMePolo) June 28, 2012
Not only did they uphold Obamacare, a sham of a health care bill, but they also struck down Stolen Valor Act?—
Melissa E. (@DreadfulPenny81) June 28, 2012
So w/ ACA & Stolen Valor rulings today, SCOTUS basically said we don't have to like something for it to be constitutional.—
David Carnes (@davidmcarnes) June 28, 2012
SCOTUS apparently thinks protecting vets & heroes from phonies & scum is evil. Stolen Valor Act unconstitutional? BULLSHIT!—
A Bear (@Edohiguma) June 28, 2012
How is Stolen Valor different from say impersonating a police officer which IS illegal?—
Dede (@teh_Dede) June 28, 2012
A little upset today that the Supreme Court threw out the Stolen Valor Act. I don't think this is what the 1st amendment was made for—
Vote Moose (@prezmike25) June 28, 2012
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.
NBC: Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor Act—
Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) June 28, 2012
9th Circuit affirmed in Stolen Valor case.—
Josh Dorner (@JoshDorner) June 28, 2012
When it comes to breaking news, the MSM really is no match for Twitter.