Monday, February 20, 2012

Supreme Court to hear arguments on whether a lie is protected speech

McClatchy Newspapers
First published Feb 18 2012 08:57PM Updated Feb 18, 2012 11:43PM

Washington • Fake hero Xavier Alvarez lied to his fellow Californians. 

He never rescued an American ambassador. He was never a Marine. Most definitely, contrary to what he told a Southern California audience, Alvarez was never awarded the Medal of Honor.

He lied, until he was caught. Now, the Supreme Court must decide whether the First Amendment protects Alvarez and other wannabes from prosecution. The consequences could stretch well beyond what lawmakers and veterans call stolen valor. FULL STORY

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