Supreme Court rules lying about medals and military service is protected by 1st Amendment; No Stolen Valor Act.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday striking down the Stolen…

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday striking down the Stolen Valor Act says the 1st Amendment “protects the speech we detest as well as the speech we embrace,” according to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

By a 6-3 decision, the high court said the right to lie about medals and military service, while “contemptible” and worthy of outrage and ridicule, is protected by the 1st Amendment.

To allow the government to outlaw certain speech because it is based on false statements would invite a Ministry of Truth as written about by George Orwell in his novel “1984” about totalitarianism, Kennedy said.

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Source: Tony Perry for the Los Angeles Times.

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