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.
Plain English Summary:
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 DocumentsMerits Briefs for 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.
- 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