The father of a child killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in 2012 was awarded $450,000 from a jury after he filed suit against a conspiracy theorist who falsely claimed his son did not die in the tragedy.
A jury in Dane County, Wisconsin, concluded last week that former professor James Fetzer, who co-authored the book Nobody Died at Sandy Hook, must pay Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old son was the youngest victim of the 2012 mass shooting, for defaming the father.
At issue was Fetzer’s false claim that Pozner fabricated parts of his son’s death certificate, which appeared in both Fetzer’s book and his blog, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
Pozner said in a statement after the jury reached their decision that the case was not about First Amendment rights, but rather “the pain and terror that Mr. Fetzer has purposefully inflicted on me and on other victims of these horrific mass casualty events, like the Sandy Hook shooting.”
“Mr. Fetzer has the right to believe that Sandy Hook never happened,” stated Pozner, as reported by the State Journal. “He has the right to express his ignorance.”
“This award, however, further illustrates the difference between the right of people like Mr. Fetzer to be wrong and the right of victims like myself and my child to be free from defamation, free from harassment and free from the intentional infliction of terror.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski