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1st Amendment Tag

After the Hamas massacre on October 7th, Jewish lawyers at New York City's Legal Aid Society faced an environment so hostile they considered quitting, the Free Press reported last month. Members of their own union, the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA)/UAW Local 2325, were attacking them from within for supporting Israel, and the reporters had been handed the receipts. Nasty group texts and leaked emails called defenders of the Jewish state “fascist,” “deranged,” and “mentally disturbed,” while hundreds of other messages accused Israel of "genocide," "ethnic cleansing" and "apartheid."

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two opinions on Friday resolving a First Amendment conflict in the lower courts over public officials' social media use. The Court unanimously held that officials using personal social media accounts to share personal and government information may block constituents under some circumstances. Legal Insurrection covered oral arguments in the cases.