Sandy Hook parent wins $450K in lawsuit against conspiracy author

The author claimed the parent faked his son's death certificate.

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October 16, 2019 - 1:12 pm
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(KFTK) — A father who lost his son in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was awarded $450,000 in a defamation lawsuit against a conspiracy theorist who claimed the deadly shooting never took place, according to CBS

A Wisconsin jury determined that James Fetzer, co-author of a book titled "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook," defamed Leonard Pozner by claiming Pozner faked his own son's death certificate. Ponzer lost his 6-year-old son Noah on Dec. 14, 2012 — the day that 26 victims were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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"Mr. Fetzer has the right to believe that Sandy Hook never happened," Ponzer said, according to WISC-TV. "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."

It's the latest legal victory for Sandy Hook parents, who have also won lawsuits against Infowars host Alex Jones. 

According to CBS, Fetzer called the damages amount "absurd" and said he plans to appeal.

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