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Court Rules Wearing Unearned Medals Is a Crime

The Silver Star Medal, the nation's third highest award for combat valor. DoD photo

October 31, 2014  | 

Lying about receiving a military medal is protected speech, but there's no right to wear a combat decoration that hasn't been earned, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The difference, said a divided panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is that lying is speech, but wearing a medal is conduct, according to a report.

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