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Sen. Brown Makes Appeal For " Stolen Valor Act"

US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) at a meeting with veterans in West Springfield in 2011

US Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts  is pushing for a new law to punish people who make false claims of receiving military honors.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

         Brown held a news conference at the US Capitol Tuesday and sent letters to other Senators seeking their support for the legislation he calls  “ The Stolen Valor Act” .. The US Supreme court  last month struck down a similar law, passed in 2005.  The majority of justice said that while it was contemptible for someone to make phony claims of war heroism, it was also  free speech, protected  by the First Amendment.  Brown, a Republican and a member of the National Guard, said his bill will pass constitutional muster by focusing on people who seek to profit from there misrepresenatations.

         Brown’s bill would punish violators with a  fine and  up to a year in  prison .

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.