Supreme Interpreters

Freedom to Lie: The Court's Opinion

Does the government have the power to make it a crime to lie about serving in the military? You already know the Supreme Court has power to interpret the Constitution. That means the Court has the power to decide whether “freedom of speech” covers absolutely everything, or if there are limits.

Follow the link to find out what the Supreme Court decided.

Response Question: 
  • Justice Kennedy talked about two kinds of speech that the First Amendment protects. What did he say?
  • Three justices dissented (disagreed). Why did they think this kind of lie should not be protected?
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