Wisconsin jury: Author who claimed Sandy Hook never happened must pay victim's father

Wisconsin jury: Author who claimed Sandy Hook never happened must pay victim's father
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A jury in Wisconsin ruled that a retired college professor who co-authored a book titled “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook” must pay $450,000 to the father of a child killed in the 2012 Newtown, Conn., mass shooting, according to CBS News.

The jury ruled Tuesday that retired University of Minnesota Duluth professor James Fetzer, who co-wrote the book with Mike Palacek, must pay the amount to Leonard Pozner, whose six-year-old son, Noah, was one of the 26 victims in the elementary school shooting.

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A judge had previously ruled that the book, which accused Pozner of fabricating his son’s death certificate, was defamatory. Palacek in September reached an undisclosed settlement with Pozner, who testified he was subjected to repeated harassment by people who believed the shooting never happened, causing him to fear for his safety.

Fetzer said he will appeal the ruling, calling the award “absurd,” according to CBS News.

"Mr. Fetzer has the right to believe that Sandy Hook never happened," Pozner said in a statement. "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,” he added.

The lawsuit is one of several against figures who have denied the shooting, including Alex Jones and his Infowars website, who have been sued by parents of Sandy Hook victims after claiming the children were “crisis actors.”