So if I yelled fire in a crowded theater, my actions would be protected under the First Amendment? I think not, Mary Callaghan. You should not shun your moral or fiduciary responsibility to your constituents by hiding behind the Constitution.
What you did, accepting a payout that you promised you wouldn't accept, was fundamentally wrong. And however you try to justify it, you will be judged. Maybe not today, maybe not in this lifetime. But, you will.