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Supreme Court will rule on Stolen Valor Act

Justices will decide if lying about medals is a federal crime

The Supreme Court will rule on whether the Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional. The law makes lying about receiving a Medal of Honor, a Silver Star, Purple Heart or other military medal a federal crime.
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Oct 19, 2011, 10:38 am
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One of the most noteworthy Arizona examples of a faked military records is former Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette publisher Darrow “Duke” Tully.

Tully resigned from that post in disgrace in late 1985, when word circulated that Tully was not the war hero he claimed to be.

Tully, credited with helping to launch John McCain’s political career, claimed to have seen combat as an Air Force pilot in Korea and Vietnam.

The publisher would make public appearances in the uniform of a lieutenant colonel, and tell stories of breaking his back upon being shot down over Korea.

Although he was an experienced pilot, Tully never served in the military.

Under investigation by the Maricopa County DA, Tully stepped down, later becoming a publisher for Wick Communications (the Sierra Vista company is the owner of Inside Tucson Business and now owner of the Tucson Weekly, along with other local papers around the country; Tully worked for Wick in North Dakota and California).

Tully died in June, 2010.

Oct 19, 2011, 12:20 pm
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Leave it to the 9th circus court to make a ruling in direct conflict with the best interest of our nation…

The quotation from the appeals court makes me sick. There’s a big difference between lying about one’s weight and disrespecting legit heroes by claiming to be something you’re not.

The “Stolen Valor Act” is appropriately named. That’s what each of these liars is doing…they’re diminishing the awards of the legit recipients.

SCOTUS, I know you’ve made some mistakes in the past, especially recently. Here’s your chance to make up for some of that…please get this one right, and uphold this law.

Xavier Alvarez wanted to make a case out of this. Why? If this scumbag is lying about winning medals and gets punished for it, then that says a lot more about Alvarez then it does about the law he broke.

How about the 9th circus tell us all what legitimate purpose one would have for lying about receiving a military medal? I would ask, but they probably wouldn’t answer me for a few years…seems that’s how long the 9th circus takes to do everything.

The Obama administration says the law “serves a crucial purpose in safeguarding the military honors system,” the AP reported.

Wow…its very rare then the Obama administration and I agree on something. See SCOTUS, if Obama and I agree on something, then it must be right.

Oct 19, 2011, 12:23 pm
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You know, I’m not a lawyer, but I do have common sense. It’s been established that the First Amendment doesn’t protect libel, doesn’t protect slander, and it doesn’t protect yelling “fire” in a crowded theater (unless there’s a fire, of course). I submit that lying about receiving a medal you didn’t receive fits in nicely to this category, as well.

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