A lawsuit recently settled between the father of a Sandy Hook School shooting victim and a publishing company that claimed the attack never happened.
A defamation suit came to a close earlier this week when a Wisconsin judge sided with Lenny Pozner, the father of a 6-year-old boy killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The suit was originally filed against Moon Rock Books, “the publishers of the book that claimed the 2012 massacre never happened.” Pozner’s son, Noah, was one of the 26 people who died during the shooting.
The book that claimed the shooting never happened was titled ‘Nobody Died at Sandy Hook.” It was written by Mike Palacek and James Fetzer. In the book, Palacek and Fetzer argued the deadly school shooting was nothing more than a FEMA drill. In fact, Fetzer claimed in the past that “evidence clearly shows this wasn’t a massacre, it was a FEMA drill.” Additionally, lawyers for Pozner argued during the litigation process that the book itself defamed Pozner, his family, and the memory of his son because the book stated “Noah’s death certificate was faked.”
When commenting on the case and the book, Pozner said:
“If Mr. Fetzer wants to believe that Sandy Hook never happened and that we are all crisis actors, even that my son never existed, he has the right to be wrong. But he doesn’t have the right to broadcast those beliefs if they defame me or harass me. He doesn’t have the right to use my baby’s image or our name as a marketing ploy to raise donations or sell his products. He doesn’t have the right to convince others to hunt my family.”
In response to the case and recent settlement, Dave Gahary, the principal officer at Moon Rock Books said:
“My face-to-face interactions with Mr. Pozner have led me to believe that Mr. Pozner is telling the truth about the death of his son. I extend my most heartfelt and sincere apology to the Pozner family.”
This isn’t the first time a suit of this nature has been filed. In fact, many Sandy Hook families have filed multiple lawsuits against other conspiracy theorists throughout Connecticut, Texas, Florida, and Wisconsin. In total, nine cases have been filed against Sandy Hook deniers
One of the leading conspiracy theorists was Alex Jones, the founder of Infowars. Shortly after the shooting occurred, he said, “I’ve watched a lot of soap operas, and I’ve seen actors before. And I know when I’m watching a movie and when I’m watching something real.”
However, earlier this year during a sworn deposition he finally acknowledged the shooting did, in fact, occur and claimed a “form of psychosis made him question whether certain events were staged.”