Stolen Valor Act Ruled Unconstitutional

Great news for Connecticut Democrat Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal, who lies about having served in Vietnam — apparently as part of a moonbat PSYOP campaign against the morale of our troops, our liberal judiciary is going after the Stolen Valor Act:

A law that makes it illegal to lie about being a war hero is unconstitutional because it violates free speech, a federal judge ruled Friday as he dismissed a case against a Colorado man who claimed he received two military medals.

Rick Glen Strandlof claimed he was an ex-Marine who was wounded in Iraq and received the Purple Heart and Silver Star, but the military had no record he ever served. He was charged with violating the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime punishable by up to a year in jail to falsely claim to have won a military medal.

U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn dismissed the case and said the law is unconstitutional, ruling the government did not show it has a compelling reason to restrict that type of statement. …

The law has also been challenged in California and in a case now before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Denver attorney Christopher P. Beall, who filed a friend-of-the-court brief for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, said the Stolen Valor Act is fatally flawed because it doesn’t require prosecutors to show anyone was harmed or defamed by the lie.

That is, no one was harmed, other than everyone who ever earned an honor on behalf of the American military, and everyone who ever respected them for it but is left wondering which heroes are real.

Al Gore will be greatly relieved if this means that fraud joins abortion as a Constitutional right.

If only liberals’ fanatical support for freedom of expression could be extended to expression they don’t encourage, we could stop worrying about campus speech codes and Obama’s Diversity Czar closing down talk radio.

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Phony Soldiers like Rick Duncan will be delighted.

On a tip from Viking04. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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