The Stolen Valor Act Is Struck Down :(

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A screenshot of the show Hoarders by A&E of the episode with Sir Patrick displaying fake military uniform and medals.Anon just wrote me with some news about the Stolen Valor Act (which would have made it illegal to lie about getting military medals)…

It has been struck down by the Supreme Court and declared unconstitutional. According to the LA Times:

By a 6-3 decision, the high court said the right to lie about medals and military service, while unattractive, is protected by the 1st Amendment.

This is bad news for the general public and those who have rightly earned their medals through honorable service in the military.

It is however excellent news for people like “Sir Patrick” aka Roger Sisson who go around with a chest full of fake medals and use them as a props to scam people.

Here is a picture of “Sir Patrick”/Roger Sisson on an average day of going around lying about his service, wearing a fake uniform and displaying medals that he did not earn:

A picture of Roger Eldon Floyd Sisson otherwise known as Sir Patrick wearing a fake military uniform and fake medals.

What a shame that this is not illegal.

(photo credits: 1st picture Anon, 2nd picture anonymous source)

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3 Responses to The Stolen Valor Act Is Struck Down :(

  1. Terry Allen says:

    As ex-military myself…I have some sympathy with those unhappy about the ruling.
    However, I don’t think these mentally ill people stole anyone’s valor. Instead…they made up some valor for themselves. Big difference. In all walks of life…we meet the occasional spectacular in the photo…but don’t we all know immediately…that they are nuts?

    • Anita says:

      Hi Terry! Sadly many people do get deceived by it, especially those that don’t have any experience with military matters. I’ve talked to tons of people in the SP situation specifically who did and I’m guessing the rate of people deceived would probably be higher in situations where the con-artist didn’t tell such …outlandish… stories. He was/is able to translate that good will into various ways of doing harm to people.

  2. Keldon McFarland says:

    There is some confusion about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Stolen Valor Act about what it does and does not mean.
    The question addressed by the Court was limited to speaking about fake military service and fake awards. Wearing unauthorized uniforms, medals, ribbons and other devices is still illegal and was not included in the ruling. It is still also very illegal to forge and/or alter military and documents and to benefit from fraudulent schemes that deceive based on fake military service.
    Criminal courts also distinguish between those who arm competent and those like “Sir Patrick” who are clearly mentally ill.

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