How did you forge Sandy Hook
Compensation for fake news | $ 450,000 for the father of a murder victim
Hartford - It was the worst school massacre in US history: On December 14, 2012 Adam Lanza († 20) stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in the small town of Newtown (US state Connecticut). He killed 20 children and six adults in barely eleven minutes, then judged himself.
Leonard Pozner (52) lost his then six-year-old son Noah in the attack.
The father of the Sandy Hook rampage victim has now won the trial against a conspiracy theorist who denies the school massacre.
The jury decided that the conspiracy theorist would have to pay the father of little Noah Leonard Pozner $ 450,000. After the verdict, the convict stated that he wanted to appeal.
How did the trial come about?
After the attack on the elementary school, conspiracy theories were developed.
People who firmly believe that the massacre never took place share and spread their views on the subject:
The reports on Sandy Hook were all false reports. The aim of this news is to enforce stricter gun laws.
Leonard Pozner went to court
Leonard Pozner no longer wanted to deal with the absurd theories of the massacre deniers and their effects on the victims of this rampage.
The father sued two conspiracy theorists: James Fetzer (78) and Mike Palacek. Fetzer is emeritus professor of philosophy and author of the book "Nobody died at Sandy Hook" (in German: Nobody died in Sandy Hook), Palacek is his co-author.
In the book, the two write, among other things, that Noah Pozner's death certificate is not real. Leonard Pozner would spread lies about his son's death.
The process between co-author Palacek and Pozner ended in a settlement. It is not known how exactly the content of this comparison looks.
The defamation process against Fetzer continued. In the trial against the professor emeritus, Leonard Pozner submitted that the conspiracy theorist had triggered post-traumatic stress disorder in him through the book. The book had led more and more massacre deniers to harass and harass Pozner.
He even received death threats, including from the now convicted Lucy Richards. Richards had confessed to threats against Pozner in a separate trial.
Lucy Richards had written to the grieving father:
"LOOK BEHIND YOU, IT'S DEATH!"
Because of these death threats, she was sentenced to five months 'imprisonment and then has three years' probation.
The father mourned his son after the Sandy Hook killing spree and, given the circumstances, he was fine.
During the trial, Leonard Pozner testifies that he initially even tried to speak to Sandy Hook deniers. He wanted to relax the situation, wanted to clarify.
According to the American daily "Wisconsin State Journal", the father even tried to be transparent and open to the conspiracy theorists. He uploaded Noah's death certificate to a social network to refute the misplaced doubts.
After he published the charter, the drama began: he was consistently labeled a liar and a cheater. The result was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A forensic psychiatrist confirmed this course of illness at Pozner to the court. His mental health deteriorated rapidly when he was confronted with the conspiracy theories surrounding the massacre and death of his son.
The sued professor defended himself and his book in court.
His book does not contain any defamatory statements. Because: They are all true. In addition, there is no evidence that the book encouraged or incited people like Lucy Richards.
The jury saw it differently. The jurors decided that the book was defamatory and slanderous and awarded Leonard Pozner USD 450,000 in compensation for pain and suffering.
The father thanked the jury after the verdict. With the verdict you would have recognized the pain and terror of the victims, which they had to suffer through absurd conspiracy theories.
Compared to the "Guardian" (British daily newspaper) Pozner said that the process was not about the right to freedom of expression.
Of course, James Fetzer has the right to express his ignorance and opinions. But if the bereaved were to become victims of defamation and harassment, a line would have to be drawn.
And the court clearly drew this line with its verdict against the professor.
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