I think this depends on a couple of things. One, how canon compliant do you want to make your story with Deathly Hallows, and two, do you think the "Trace" was active in the first war.Originally Posted by Fawkes_the_Phoenix
Now, I think there was some sort of Trace active; maybe it was only active on the actual Death Eaters (via the Dark Mark), and Harry is the exception to the rule because of the Scarcrux. However, if any Joe Schmoe on the street speaking the Dark Lord's name were to bring the wrath of evil down upon you, then no, I don't think James would have said the name, unless you want to make that one of the ways in which he defied the Dark Lord.
However, the whole Trace thing, quite frankly, I found pretty stupid. First of all, Harry had already been told about it and then just goes blurting out names for no reason. Second, SOMEONE is going to figure out pretty darned quick that if you say the Dark Lord's name, the Dark Lord and/or his appointed minions will Apparate in on you at will . . . so why not just set up a trap and say it? POOF! No more Death Eaters!
If you discount the trace on the general public entirely (even discount it on Death Eater Pettigrew who was passing information for a year, then yes, I think James would've said it. Sirius too. Probably not Peter, because he's kind of spineless, and maybe not Lupin, who's just generally non-confrontational.