Texas man admits to impersonating general

by   |  02.05.14  |  prior restraint

This relates to our class discussion Tuesday regarding the invalidated Stolen Valor Act. How is this Texas law different than the federal law struck down in U.S. v. Alvarez?

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Penal Code § 37.11. IMPERSONATING PUBLIC SERVANT.  (a) A person commits an offense if he:

  1. impersonates a public servant with intent to induce another to submit to his pretended official authority or to rely on his pretended official acts;  or
  2.  knowingly purports to exercise any function of a public servant or of a public office, including that of a judge and court, and the position or office through which he purports to exercise a function of a public servant or public office has no lawful existence under the constitution or laws of this state or of the United States.

(b)  An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree.