American Legion joins court fight over medals law

DENVER — The American Legion has joined federal prosecutors in arguing that a federal court in Denver should uphold a law making it illegal to lie about being a military hero.

The veterans group filed a friend-of-the-court brief this week with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prosecutors are asking the appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that the Stolen Valor Act violates free speech.

The law makes it a crime punishable by up to a year in jail to falsely claim to have received a medal from the U.S. military.

A federal appeals court in California has also ruled the law is unconstitutional. Prosecutors there have asked the court to reconsider.

Neither the Colorado nor California appeals court has said when it might rule.


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