The father of a victim of thewon a defamation suit against the authors of a book claiming that the shooting had never occurred – the last victory of the relatives of the victims who had taken a more aggressive stance against the conspiracy theorists.
The book, "Dead Person to Sandy Hook," was also fired to settle claims against his publisher filed by Lenny Pozner, whose 6-year-old son Noah was killed in the shooting.
"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," said Dave Gahary Monday, the chief officer of the company. Moon Rock Books publisher. "I send my sincerest and most sincere apologies to the Pozner family."
A judge in Wisconsin issued a summary judgment on Monday against James Fetzer and Mike Palacek.
Pozner rejected for years the hoaxes that harassed him, subjected him to death threats and claimed that he was an actor and that his son had never existed. He has spent years urging Facebook and other people to remove conspiracy videos and create a website to debunk conspiracy theories.
In recent times, other people who lost family members joined the fight during a shootout at a school in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th. After years of quiet harassment and ridiculous claims, some have changed approach, deciding that the only way to stop it was to confront it. Their efforts tipped the scammers, including Alex Jones, host of the conspiracy-based Infowars website.
Robbie Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie was one of 20 freshmen and six educators killed at Sandy Hook, spent years ignoring the people who called him a crisis actor. His family moved to the west coast, but the harassment has not stopped. He would receive letters from people who found his address. He has already been stopped in a parking lot by a man who reprimanded him by saying that the shooting had never occurred.
"When you're young, you're taught that you ignore tyrants and that they'll end up leaving you alone," Parker said. "But over time, and my other girls were getting older, I realized that they were not stopping and that some things were getting worse and more personal."
Parker is now part of a lawsuit against Jones, has testified before Congress and asked for changes on social media platforms, such as YouTube, which this month announced the ban on videos banning the taking from Sandy Hook and other "well-documented events".
"It's only after the lawsuits and until it becomes a mainstream press article that people realize that they are complicit in it and are starting to moderate the content." "said Parker.
Pozner is the lead plaintiff in several of the at least nine cases brought against Sandy Hook Holocaust deniers in federal and state courts in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin.
In the case against Jones, the families of eight victims and a first responder claim to have been victims of harassment and death threats from his supporters. A Connecticut judge ruled in the defamation case that Jones was to undergo an affidavit, which is scheduled for July in Texas.
Wisconsin Court of Appeal Judge Frank Remington said Monday that Pozner had been defamed by Fetzer and Palacek, whose book claimed in particular that Noah's death certificate had been falsified, according to L & # 39; Pozner's lawyer, Jake Zimmerman. A lawsuit to decide damages is scheduled for October.
"If Mr. Fetzer wants to believe that Sandy Hook has never happened and we are all crisis actors, even though my son never existed, he has the right to be wrong. Is not allowed to broadcast these beliefs if they defame me or harass me, "Pozner said. "He is not allowed to use my baby's image or our name as a marketing ploy to collect donations or sell his products. He has no right to convince the others to hunt my family. "
Before the case was brought before a judge, Fetzer had stated that "the evidence clearly shows that it is not a massacre, but an exercise in torture." FEMA ".
"If you believe otherwise, then you are played," said Fetzer at the time.
A written copy of the death certificate is attached to Pozner's lawsuit. In addition, DNA samples were taken and compared to those provided by the Connecticut Medical Examiner to prove that Noah was his son. In his lawsuits, he put Noah's birth certificate, notes, and medical records to the public.
His goal, he says, is to make sure that "normal people" have access to the truth and are not convinced by fraudsters.
Lucy Richards, a woman from Florida, was sentenced to five months in prison for sending death threats to Pozner. She was also banned from visiting websites run by conspiracy theorists, including Fetzer.
Christopher Mattei, a lawyer who represents families in the lawsuit against Jones in Connecticut, Connecticut, said his clients want to live without being victimized by this type of harassment. They also want these hoaxes to know that they are touching real people, who have already been emotionally devastated. "When the grief process includes the obligation to justify your grief or to prove the existence of your child," he said, "this makes it very difficult."