Montana Rejects Punishment for Stolen Valor

| April 16, 2021 | 16 Comments

Several recent news articles state that a Montana judge has been overruled for requiring two men accused of Stolen Valor to participate in activities that were ultimately overruled by the Montana Supreme Court.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana had called the conditions degrading and unconstitutional.

Montana Supreme Court rejects part of “stolen valor” sentencing for two men

By: Colter Anstaett                         Posted at 6:02 PM, Apr 15, 2021

GREAT FALLS — Greg Pinski, a former District Court judge in Great Falls, is sharing his reaction to the Montana Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a punishment he ordered for two men who lied about being military veterans.
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In 2019, Ryan Morris and Troy Nelson lied to Pinski about being veterans in an effort to get lesser sentences for crimes they committed and subsequently be enrolled in Veterans Treatment Court.
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Pinski ordered the men to do a number of things, including to stand at the Montana Veterans Memorial every Memorial Day while they’re under court supervision and wear a sign saying they lied and dishonored veterans.
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Pinski told MTN News on Thursday: “I was disappointed that the Attorney General’s Office didn’t fight to keep this parole and probation condition in place. There was legal support for it.
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He said he would not hesitate to make the same order again.

 

Montana High Court Cancels Condition on Stolen Valor Case

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS, April 15, 2021

GREAT FALLS — A former judge improperly punished two men who lied about their military service in court, the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Former Montana Eighth District Court Judge Greg Pinski had forced Ryan Patrick Morris and Troy Allan Nelson in 2019 to conduct a series of acts of apology in order to be eligible for parole.

In order for both to be eligible for parole, Pinski had mandated that every year during the three-year suspended sentences both men received, the two had to stand at the Montana Veterans Memorial for eight hours on each Memorial and Veterans Day wearing a sign that reads, “I am a liar. I am not a veteran. I stole valor. I have dishonored all veterans.”

The state high court struck down the sentencing condition on Wednesday.

Apparently, their dignity must be preserved over that of the veterans that actually had military service.

Here is the punishment that was handed out.

Category: None, Stolen Valor, Stolen Valor Act

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  1. MarineDad61 says:

    Ahhhh… the obvious solution.
    UNsuspend the suspended sentences,
    and let the shitbird brothers serve their time… in PRISON.

  2. 26Limabeans says:

    Two novels come to mind:

    “The Red Badge of Courage”
    and
    “The Scarlet Letter”

    Staples of high school education in my day, sentencing
    these two valor thiefs to read both and write a book
    report on what they learned would probably also be
    seen as harsh, abusive punishment.

    And those awful Pilgrims with their Pillory!

    • Ex Coelis says:

      Between the topic-matter at hand and your make-menton-of – how ’bout ‘The Four Feathers’..? I mean, c’mon! Rejecting punishment for Stolen Valour? Fuck’n shameful…

  3. Sparks says:

    Good for the Judge. Bad for Montana. I didn’t think their sentence was inappropriate at all. At least they weren’t using their toothbrushs to clean the courthouse johns and urinals.

  4. Green Thumb says:

    The MT AG Austin Knusden always can be seen around Veteran’s organizations, AD and NG folks, their families, etc. He always has stated he is pro-military.

    I guess this might prove otherwise? With the election over, maybe he has a new banner.

    I wonder if he could have put forth more juice.

    Pisses me off.

  5. KoB says:

    It’s bad enough when dirtbags have no respect for the law…or the sacrifices that REAL Veterans have made. IMO it is even worse when Judges have no respect for appropriate punishments meted out by other Judges. One of the reasons there is so much crime and repeat criminals. “…let the punishment fit the crime.”

    Took a short dinner break. Leftover fried yardbird, mac n cheese, collard greens with ham hock, Johnny cakes, and the house wine…sweet iced tea. Back to the work detail…and the writing of the checks there of.

  6. Roh-Dog says:

    Oh! Holding a sign ONE F***ING DAY A YEAR is “degrading and unconstitutional”?!?
    Remind me, because clearly I’m the retarded one, but didn’t our Revolutionary Forefathers tar and feather tax collectors BEFORE they shot up the government’s enforcers?
    No, seriously, THIS is too far, embarrassing the turds hurts their feefees so no-go.
    Unf**kingbelievable. Shame on those ‘officers of the court’.
    Clowns.

  7. Mason says:

    We really need to go back to offering people the option of joining the service or going to prison. You want to pretend to be a vet? Go earn the title.

  8. Green Thumb says:

    Actually, the more I think about, the person that “vetted” them and recommended them for Vet Court to include their mentors should be fucking fired.

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