April 16, 2014
by Bethany Fisher
JURIST Guest Columnist David Hommel, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2014, is the author of the ninth article in a ten-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hommel discusses false identification of military personnel who have engaged ...[read more]
June 4, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law amendments to the Stolen Valor Act of 2013 (SVA), which makes it a federal crime to lie about having received a military medal or honor. The amendments narrowed the law's proscriptive scope, prohibiting only persons who, "with intent to obtain ...[read more]
June 28, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 6-3 that a law criminalizing the making of false claims of military honors violates the First Amendment. In United States v. Alvarez, the Court struck down the Stolen Valor Act (SVA), which makes it a federal crime to lie about having received a military med... ...[read more]
February 23, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Tuesday. In United States v. Alvarez, the court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act (SVA). Xavier Alvarez was convicted under the SVA in 2007 after he announced at a public water district board meeting that he ...[read more]
January 28, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled on Friday that the Stolen Valor Act (SVA), which criminalizes the act of falsely claiming to have received a medal from the US military, is constitutional and not a violation of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The SVA imposes a ...[read more]
August 17, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On August 17, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down a federal law criminalizing the act of falsely claiming to have received a medal from the US military. Xavier Alvarez was convicted under the Stolen Valor Act in 2007 after he announced at a public water district board ...[read more]
March 29, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismissed a claim led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) upholding secrecy provisions of a federal whistleblower law. The case involved the Civil War-era False Claims Act (FCA), which includes provisions authorizing private citizens, dubbed ...[read more]
September 22, 2010
by Andrea Bottorff
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the constitutionality of the False Claims Act, which allows citizen "whistle-blowers" to sue federal contractors for committing fraud against the government. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Senior ...[read more]
August 18, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday struck down a federal law criminalizing the act of falsely claiming to have received a medal from the US military. Xavier Alvarez was convicted under the Stolen Valor Act in 2007 after he announced at a public water district board meeting ...[read more]
March 30, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 7-2 in Graham County Soil & Water Conservation Dist. v. United States ex rel. Wilson that whistle-blowers cannot bring suit under the False Claims Act to recover misspent government funds if the information used in the lawsuits came from state or local ...[read more]

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