May 12, 2011 3:36 PM by Matt Stafford
DENVER (AP) - A Nevada congressman has proposed rewriting a law that makes it illegal to lie about being a war hero, even as an appeals court in Denver considers whether the original version is unconstitutional.
Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Heck introduced a bill last week adding a requirement that an impostor reap some kind of gain to be convicted of violating the Stolen Valor Act. The current law makes it a crime merely to make a false claim about getting medals.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard oral arguments Thursday on whether the act is constitutional. In that case, a Colorado man claimed he was awarded medals after serving as a Marine in Iraq. His lawyers have acknowledged that wasn't true.
The law has also been challenged in California.