By Jeremy Herb - 06/28/12 02:26 PM EDT
In the undercard to the Supreme Court’s momentous healthcare decision Thursday, the court overturned the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to lie about winning military honors.
The court struck down the law, passed by Congress under President George W. Bush, ruling in a 6-3 decision that it violated the First Amendment protections on free speech.
But the court did say that the law the act has “substantial justification,” and could be rewritten by Congress in a narrower fashion, something that lawmakers are likely to attempt.
Justices Alito, Scalia and Thomas dissented in the case.
The court took on the Stolen Valor Act over the case of Xavier Alvarez, who had publicly claimed to have won the Medal of Honor but had never served in the military.
He was found guilty, but his lawyers challenged the constitutionality of the law.
The Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings that also found Stolen Valor unconstitutional.