Jim Holbrook, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and a decorated Vietnam veteran, was interviewed by the Deseret News on February 22 about a case heard in the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involves Xavier Alvarez, a former public official who claimed to be a former Marine and Medal of Honor recipient despite the fact he never served in the military. Alvarez was charged under the Stolen Valor Act, but argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals that the Act violates his Free Speech rights under the U.S. Constitution.
In his lengthy and thoughtful comments, Holbrook refutes Alvarez’s argument that there were no victims. “It is not a victimless crime. The victims are everyone in the nation and the people who receive these awards who have earned them, and their families and loved ones who all have incurred the costs of that sacrifice,” Holbrook said.
To read the Deseret News article, click here.