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]
April 28, 2012
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeff Barnum, University of Washington School of Law Class of 2012, is a Lieutenant in the US Coast Guard. In this article he argues for amending the Stolen Valor Act to better comply with free speech...It is a busy time at the Roberts Court. In addition to wrestling with the ...[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]
February 22, 2012
by Michael Micsky
JURIST Assistant Editor Kimberly Bennett, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, argues that the Stolen Valor Act is a piece of wartime legislation that is not the least restrictive means of furthering the government's interest and, as such, should be overturned... (Her opinions are ...[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 21, 2011
by Daniel Richey
Attorneys for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday asked the US Supreme Court to uphold a controversial law that makes it illegal to falsely claim to be a decorated military veteran. The Stolen Valor Act, enacted in 2005, makes it a federal crime for an individual to "falsely ...[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]
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]

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