COMMONWEALTH V. MICHAEL WALTERS (MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT, 2015)

At issue in this case is whether a person violates the Massachusetts stalking statute by posting threatening comments or photographs on social media. ADL's brief argues that true threats—whether online or in person—fall outside First Amendment protections. The brief further argues that, in the Internet age, threats online can be just as damaging as threats issued face-to-face, and that a defendant need not necessarily specifically draw the victim’s attention to threatening posts online for them to be unlawful.