Feds Try to Save Law Punishing Phony Military Heroes
DENVER -- The U.S. Justice Department will appeal two court decisions that said a federal law making it illegal to lie about being a war hero is unconstitutional.
Federal prosecutors in Colorado said Friday they will appeal a ruling by a federal judge in Denver that the Stolen Valor Act violates free speech.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, ruling in a California case, also found the law unconstitutional. Late Thursday, prosecutors asked that court to reconsider.
The law makes it a crime punishable by up to a year in jail to falsely claim to have received a military medal.
Supporters say the Constitution doesn't protect people who knowingly lie. They argue the law is needed to protect the honor of real heroes.
Opponents say the law puts too much power in government hands, and that lying for financial gain is already covered by fraud statutes.
What do you think? Constitutionally protected free speech or fraudulent?
It is obviously sleazy but should it be illegal? I know what I think about it, what about you?