Ryan Morris and Troy Nelson falsely claimed in front of Cascade County District Judge Greg Pinski that they were Veterans. Judge Pinski sentenced Morris and Nelson to stand at the Montana Veterans Memorial for eight hours on each Memorial and Veterans Day until the end of their sentences, wearing placards that read, “I am a liar. I am not a veteran. I stole valor. I have dishonored all veterans.”

The ACLU of Montana filed an amicus brief on behalf of Morris and Nelson arguing that this sentence violates constitutional rights, namely human dignity as set forth in the Montana Constitution, and free speech.


Alex Rate, Abby Hogan, Joshua A. Racki, Kyle W. Nelson, Charles Cromwell, James Reavis

Date filed

October 5, 2020


Montana State Supreme Court



Case number

No. DA 19-0613