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Free Speech, Lies And 'Stolen Valor'

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Stolen Valor Act, a law that made it a crime to lie about receiving military decorations. The 6-3 decision was hailed by civil libertarians and media organizations as an affirmation that government cannot -- and should not -- criminalize speech, including "contemptible" lies. But many veterans say the integrity of the entire military honor system is threatened when people lie about receiving certain awards, including the Medal of Honor. We explore what comes next.

Supreme Court Decision On The Stolen Valor Act

The full text of the Supreme Court opinion in United States v. Alvarez:

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