Stolen Valor Act
The court will decide whether the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 law that makes it a crime to lie about receiving military awards, is unconstitutional. The law is challenged by Xavier Alvarez, who, while serving as a public official in California, introduced himself to an audience by saying, "I'm a retired Marine for 25 years. I was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor."
Alvarez, one of the first people prosecuted under the law, had never even served in the military. His lawyer admits that Alvarez is a liar, but says the Stolen Valor Act goes too far and violates the First Amendment right to free speech. The government stresses the law fits into a narrow category of speech that is unprotected by the First Amendment. (U.S. v. Alvarez) Life Without Parole for Juveniles?http://www.scotusblog.com/Fleeting expletives and partial nudity (Sotomayor recused)
The court will decide whether the federal government's policy for regulating indecency over the public airwaves during prime time is unconstitutional. The case stems from celebrities such as Cher and Nicole Richie cursing on live television, as well as an episode of ABC's "NYPD Blue" that depicted partial nudity.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is charged with regulating the public airwaves, found that the incidents violated its prohibitions against the broadcast of indecent material before 10 p.m.
But lawyers for broadcasters such as Fox and ABC argue that the FCC's policy is unconstitutionally vague and chills free speech. Facing daunting fines, the broadcasters argue that the government should no longer treat broadcast speech more restrictively than other media when it comes to the regulation of indecency over the airwaves.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor is recused from this case because she dealt with the issue as a lower court judge. The case is called FCC v. FoxDecision days press plansOriginally Posted by SCOTUSblog
The Supreme Court Public Information Office on Wednesday notified news organizations of special arrangements that will be made on all remaining opinion-release days this Term, beginning with the releases at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday). The arrangements, made necessary by a recent increase in the number of news reporters going to the Court for opinion copies, can be read here.
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Recommended Citation: Lyle Denniston, Decision days press plans, SCOTUSblog (Jun. 20, 2012, 1:47 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/06/de...s-press-plans/
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