Friday, June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Says Its Okay to Lie

So my work here will never be done, huh? 

Someone needs to holler LIAR!

"Stolen Valor Act ruled a free speech violation; Falsely claiming honors is legal" by Michael E. Ruane and Robert Barnes  |  The Washington Post, June 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a federal law that made it a crime to falsely claim being awarded a top military honor, saying the law infringed on the Constitution’s First Amendment protection of free speech....  

Related: You Are No Captain Kirk!

Oh, protecting politicians are they?

‘‘The Act seeks to control and suppress all false statements on this one subject in almost limitless times and settings,’’ the court wrote. ‘‘Permitting the Government to decree this speech to be a criminal offense would endorse government authority to compile a list of subjects about which false statements are punishable.’’Jan Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which built the Wall, commented in an e-mail: ‘‘The Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects a wide range of obnoxious behavior including this.” Other veterans groups expressed dismay.

The Supreme Court in recent years has been protective of speech rights in several high-profile cases.


And compare the coverage of that case with this:

Justices back health law, change the political landscape

Roberts’s role in vote sparks questions on legacy

Ruling frames Obama battle with Romney

Harvard law professors, students, cheer Supreme Court decision on health care act

For businesses, Supreme Court ruling provides a measure of clarity in health care calculations

What business craves most.  

Health decision sends wave of relief through Massachusetts

Spectators exhaled as ruling was read

Republicans vow to vote on repealing law

Supporters remember, hail Kennedy’s influence

Common sense beats ideology in ruling on health reform

Chief Justice John Roberts defends the high court

Health care ruling aids Obama in three ways

Mass. must remain a model on health care

Federal health care law doesn’t help state or the nation

Took up most of my first section. 

Also see: Roberts Reversal Led to Obamacare

A Supreme Sequel

A Supremely Unpopular Court 

They are with me. 

Btw, why aren't they hearing cases regarding torture and war crimes that sprang from lie.... oh, yeah, right.  

Btw, did you know lying to the government is a crime? So the government can lie to you and its legal, but when you lie to the government.... sigh.