SC law criminalizes lying about military service

SC law criminalizes lying about military service

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new South Carolina law makes it a crime for someone to falsely claim military service to personally profit.

The law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley makes the lie a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The punishment would be higher for pretending to be a decorated veteran.

Retired Marine Maj. Gen. James Livingston praised lawmakers Tuesday for defending true sacrifice. The Medal of Honor recipient says it's disturbing that people make such bogus claims while service members are being killed and wounded.

The law is a state version of the federal Stolen Valor Act, which revived a broader law the U.S. Supreme Court struck down.

In 2012, the high court ruled the lie may be disreputable, but it's protected speech.

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