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May 12, 2011 3:36 PM by Matt Stafford

Military imposter law getting a close look this week

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.

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