United States v. Alvarez
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Feb 22, 2012
|Jun 28, 2012||6-3||Kennedy||OT 2011|
Holding: The Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to lie about having received military honors or decorations, violates the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
Judgment: Affirmed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Kennedy on June 28, 2012.
- The Roberts Court and the First Amendment (Ronald Collins)
- Argument recap: Rewriting a law to save it (Lyle Denniston)
- Argument preview: The Constitution and lying (Lyle Denniston)
- SCOTUS for law students: Honoring war heroes versus protecting false statements (sponsored by Bloomberg Law) (Stephen Wermiel)
- Plain English: Recent grants (Amy Howe)
- Another test of First Amendment (Lyle Denniston)
- Petition of the day (Joshua Matz)
Briefs and Documents
Merits Briefs for the Petitioner
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Petitioner
- Brief for the American Legion
- Brief for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
- Brief for the Legion of Valor of the United States and the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation
- Brief for Professors Eugene Volokh and James Weinstein
- Brief for Texas el al.
- Brief for Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States et al.
Amicus Briefs in Support of Neither Party
Merits Briefs for the Respondent
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Respondent
- Brief for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Twenty-Three News Media Organizations
- Brief for Professor Jonathan D. Varat
- Brief for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Brief for American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression et al.
- Brief for the ACLU et al.
- Brief for the First Amendment Coalition
- Brief for the Thomas Jefferson Center
- Brief for First Amendment Lawyers Association