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A Wisconsin jury has awarded the father of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and $450,000, after a libel action against a retired professor, who claimed that the murder never happened.
Lenny Pozner, whose 6-year-old son, Noah, was among the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012, filed the defamation lawsuit against James Fetzer, for disparaging remarks he made about the tragedy.
In a statement, Pozner and thanked the board for the recognition of the pain and the fear of the Lord, Fetzer has intentionally done to me and to other victims of this horrific mass casualty events like the Sandy Hook shooting,” the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
Noah Pozner was one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012.
Fetzer, a retired University of Minnesota-Duluth professor, is now living in Wisconsin; and Mike Palacek and co-wrote a book, “No one Died at Sandy Hook,” in which she argued that the image was taken by the Obama administration, in an effort to establish more stringent controls on gun ownership restrictions.
Palacek reached a secret agreement with Pozner’s last month. Fetzer called the sum of the Dane County jury it was “absurd” and said that he would appeal.
Pozner, testified that he was receiving harassment and death threats from conspiracy theorists, who claimed that he was an actor, and that his son has never been there in the first place. In a separate defamation lawsuit by Sandy Hook parents against the “Infowars” host Alex Jones, one of the leading proponents of the theory that the shooting never happened, is in progress.
“I have tried to be transparent. I posted Noah’s death, on to a social media page will be used as a memorial page. After doing that, I’ve been accused of being a fake and a fraud, and that changed everything,” he said, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
Along with other Sandy Hook parents, Pozner has spent years lobbying Facebook to remove the conspiracist video ” s regarding the shooting death of her apron.
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During the trial, Pozner said Fetzer’s writing has taken him in order to ensure the safety and security of themselves and their families. He pointed out that the case was not about First Amendment protection.
“Mr Fetzer has the right to believe that Sandy Hook never happened. He has the right to show his ignorance,” Pozner said. “With this award, but it also illustrates the difference between the rights of the people, such as Mr Fetzer is wrong, and the rights of victims, as well as for myself and my child, to be free from defamation, libel, slander, harassment, and freedom from intentional physical abuse.”