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Monday, December 6, 2021

False medal claims: Crime or just lying?

Is lying about military service and claiming to have won a medal a crime or just bragging that is covered by freedom of speech?

That’s a question facing federal courts right now as they struggle to deal with those who lie about being war heroes.

The question tests the validity of the Stolen Valor Act, a law passed by Congress three years ago that makes it a federal crime to falsely claim to have received a medal from the military. Those convicted face up to a year in jail even if they haven’t profited from the lie.

Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School says the law could violate the First Amendment protections of free speech because it, in effect, makes it illegal for someone to brag.

“Half the pickup lines in bars across the country could be criminalized under the concept,” Turley says.

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Sarah Palin to Tea Baggers: ‘It’s time for a revolution’

Sarah Palin, the mouth that roared, brought Tea Party activists to their feet in Nashville Saturday with a rousing speech that called for a “new American revolution.”

Palin, of course, was preaching to the choir — a conservative audience that provided the perfect venue for the former Alaska Governor and failed vice-presidential candidate.

Alternating between folksy humor and sharp jabs at President Barack Obama and Democrats, Palin asked “How’s that hope-y, change-y stuff workin’ out for you?”

She had high praise for the Tea Bag Party.

“This movement is about the people,” Palin said. “Government is supposed to be working for the people.”

Amid multiple standing ovations, the keynote speaker to the opening session of the Tea Party’s first national convention played to the heart of the group’s anti-establishment, grass-roots image.

Her audience waved flags and erupted in cheers during multiple standing ovations as Palin gave the keynote address at the first national convention of the “tea party” coalition. It’s an anti-establishment, grass-roots network motivated by anger over the growth of government, budget-busting spending and Obama’s policies.

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