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Supreme Court / Military / Stolen Valor Act #1017791

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced. NOTE: Local weather bulletin on screen.

(Supreme Court: Pete Williams) The Supreme Court case to decide whether it is a crime to lie about receiving military honors and medals examined; details given about cases involving Xavier Alvarez†† and Rick Duncan†, who were charged under the Stolen Valor Act; courtroom sketches by Art Lien† shown; opinions by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Roberts, Sonia Sotomayor††, Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy quoted. [Voice of ALVAREZ – says he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.] [Vietnam veteran Doug STERNER†- says stolen valor is stealing the identity of a war hero or a wounded warrior.] [Alvarez’s lawyer Jonathan LIBBY†- notes the Court has never upheld a law like this.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Live in-studio discussion held with NBC News military analyst retired Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, about this case. [JACOBS – says neither the medal nor the recipient is so fragile that we have to curtail free speech.]

Williams, Brian;
Williams, Pete

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