Let's not forget the other decisions today. Court also struck down the Stolen Valor Act. http://t.co/1NoR1TlL— Ed Żelaski (@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:
Others celebrated the ruling as a victory for free speech:
But the general consensus on Twitter was a mix of disappointment and anger:
— Steve Haddad (@SNHaddad) 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.
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.