Posts Tagged ‘aaron lawless’

Stolen Valor Act…

November 10, 2011

All I can say is WOW!!! 

First a little background.  Here is an article on Big Peace.  A few quotes:

“A federal judge in Maryland ruled in August that the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 was unconstitutional and dismissed the case against Aaron Lawless, an Iraq War veteran from Gothenburg…”

“…Lawless claimed to have won four Purple Hearts, two Bronze Star Medals and a Silver Star Medal. As a result of those claims, gun manufacturer Glock gave Lawless an award in 2008 along with plane tickets to Las Vegas, hotel accommodations and two pistols.”

“But federal officials who investigated Lawless’ claims found they were false…”

“Lawless’ attorneys, James Wyda and Susan Bauer, argued the act violates constitutional rights to free speech because it can be applied to mistakes and bragging.”

Notice, the Lawyers did NOT argue that their client Mr. Lawless did NOT lie about having the metals.  They argued that the law is unconstitutional and that their client should be allowed to LIE!!!

Here is an article from the MilitaryTimes and one from ArmyTimes and one from FoxNews and one from USAToday for more information about other cases.

Now, this morning I read this article from FoxNews.  A few quotes from the article:

“A Delaware man convicted of fraud for faking his way into Harvard”

“Prosecutors said he got into Harvard by falsely claiming that he had attended the exclusive Phillips Academy prep school in Andover and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

“Adam Wheeler, 25, was sentenced last year to 2 1/2 years in jail and 10 years on probation for identity fraud and other charges.”

So to recap.  It is against the law to LIE and say you went to a Prep School, BUT it is OK to LIE and say you received honors from the Military!! 

Does anyone else see ANY problem with our “Justice” system??? 

Why can’t we have a law that just says it is a punishable offense to LIE.  That’s it.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I bet EVERYONE could understand that law, also!!