Say What?

An interesting little foray into the world of First Amendment legal battles.

A man is convicted of lying about his military record (violating the Stolen Valor Act), claiming to have received various medals of honor in order to gain contracts from the US government.  He fights his conviction and wins.  The judge rules that the Stolen Valor Act is a violation of the First Amendment.  
I’m with the article commenters on this one – if lying about one’s credentials is illegal in some situations (doctors, police, etc.), then why not in others?  I’m guessing because lying about being a doctor or policeman could put another person at risk, while lying about one’s military service is not likely to pose a direct threat or harm to anyone.  So fraud is legal?

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