On December 14, 2012, parents in Newtown, CT suffered unimaginable devastation when a man opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 young children and six school staffers. It’s a kind of pain no parent — or any other person — should ever have to endure. To make matters even worse, a conspiracy theorist then began falsely claiming that the father of one of the child victims had shared fake copies of his son Noah’s death certificate, arguing that the six-year-old had not died at all.
The father, Leonard Pozner, continues to suffer from PTSD following the death of his son, which has been exacerbated by these false accusations and the harassment and threats by other people who believe them.
This week, attorney Genevieve Zimmerman of Meshbesher & Spence obtained justice for the grieving father. A jury decided that the conspiracy theorist, James Fetzer, must pay Pozner $450,000 for defaming him with false statements about the death certificate in his blog and a 2015 book he co-authored and edited. In her closing arguments, attorney Zimmerman explained how Fetzer’s claims “went around the internet like a virus.”
Congratulations to Pozner’s trial team on this important victory. While nothing will take back the heartache caused by the loss of Noah and the 25 other shooting victims at Sandy Hook, obtaining justice from Fetzer will hopefully help begin the healing process.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).