Dane County Case Number 2018CV003122 Leonard Pozner vs. James Fetzer et al

 

11-27-2018 — Leonard Pozner- Stamped Summons, Complaint & Ex. A

04-12-2019 —  Objection to DNA Testing

04-15-2019  —  Fetzer Objection to DNA Supplemental

04-04-2019  —  DNA Test Report

05-13-2019 — ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS

05-21-2019  — Deposition of H. Wayne Carver 

06-17-2019 — ORAL ARGUMENTS/MOTION HEARING PROCEEDINGS

06-18-2019 — Order Granting Plaintiff’s Motion For Summary Judgment

08-09-2019 — Petition for appeal is denied

09-26-2019 — James Fetzer Contempt Order

10-05-2019  —  D.305  —  Transcript – Deposition of Dr. Roy Lubit

12-12-2019  —  Bill of Costs Judgment

12-12-2019  —  DECISION AND ORDER ON POST-VERDICT MOTIONS

12-17-2019  —  ORDER GRANTING PERMANENT INJUNCTION

01-15-2020  —  Defendant’s Notice of Appeal

02-11-2020 — Fetzer’s response

02-11-2020 — Alison Maynard Affidavit

02-11-2020 — James Fetzer affidavit

02-11-2020 — Bolton Affidavit

 

 

 


 

STATE OF WISCONSIN

CIRCUIT COURT DANE COUNTY

CASE TYPE:

DEFAMATION

 

LEONARD POZNER, c/o: Meshbesher & Spence, Ltd. 1616 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404 

Plaintiff, 

JAMES FETZER, 800 Violet Lane Oregon, WI 53575, 

MIKE PALECEK, 7545 Bear Trap Junction Road Saginaw, MN 55779, 

and 

WRONGS WITHOUT WREMEDIES, LLC, 6256 Bullet Drive, Crestview, FL, 32536, 

Defendants. 

 

SUMMONS 

To the above named Defendants: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit against you. The Complaint, which is attached, states the nature and basis of the legal action. 

Within 45 days of receiving this Summons, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the Complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: Clerk of Circuit Court, Dane County, 215 S Hamilton St., Madison, WI 53703, and to The Zimmerman Firm, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: 15 Crocus Hill, Saint Paul, MN 55102. 

You may have an attorney help or represent you. 

If you do not provide a proper answer within 45 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. 

Genevieve M. Zimmerman (WI#1100693) MESHBESHER & SPENCE, LTD. 1616 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404 Phone: (612) 339-9121 Fax: (612) 339-9188 [email protected] 

THE ZIMMERMAN FIRM, LLC Jacob Zimmerman (MN#0330656) 1043 Grand Avenue #255 Saint Paul, MN 55105 [email protected]

 

STATE OF WISCONSIN                          CIRCUIT COURT                         DANE COUNTY

 

CASE TYPE:

DEFAMATION

 

LEONARD POZNER, 

vs.

JAMES FETZER,

MIKE PALECEK,

WRONGS WITHOUT

WREMEDIES, LLC 

 

CIVIL COMPLAINT &

 DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL 

 

COMPLAINT 

Plaintiff Leonard Pozner (hereinafter, “Plaintiff”) brings this Complaint against James Fetzer, Mike Palecek, and Wrongs Without Wremedies, LLC 

(hereinafter collectively “Defendants”) and, by and through his attorneys, alleges as 

follows: 

 

INTRODUCTION 

  1. Plaintiff suffered a parent’s worst nightmare: his son, N.P., was killed in a mass shooting on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This case arises out of accusations made by Defendants in, among other places, their 2016 book, “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook.” Defendant Fetzer has a long history of harassing Plaintiff and other Sandy Hook parents with defamatory lies and has slandered Plaintiff repeatedly in the years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook. This case focuses narrowly on one falsehood: that Plaintiff circulated a forgery of N.P.’s death ertificate. PARTIES 
    1. Plaintiff Leonard Pozner is an individual residing in the State of Florida. 
    2. On information and belief, Defendant James Fetzer is a resident of the State of Wisconsin and of Dane County. On information and belief, he resides at 800 Violet Lane, Oregon, Wisconsin. Mr. Fetzer is an editor of the “Expanded 2016 Revised” version of “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook.” Mr. Fetzer is a co-author of Chapter 11 of that book, titled “Are Sandy Hook Skeptics Delusional with ‘Twisted Minds.’” On information and belief, Defendant Fetzer is a co-founder of Moon Rock Books.
    3. On information and belief, Defendant Mike Palecek is a resident of the State of Minnesota. On information and belief, he resides at 7545 Bear Trap Junction Road, Saginaw, MN. Mr. Palecek is listed as an editor of the “Expanded 2016 Revised” version of “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook.” On information and belief, Defendant Palecek is a co-founder of Moon Rock Books.
    1. Defendant Wrongs Without Wremedies, LLC is a Florida limited liability company with a principal address at 6256 Bullet Drive, Crestview, FL,  Defendant Wrongs Without Wremedies, LLC is the owner of a fictitious name, Moon Rock Books Publishing, registered with the State of Florida under registration number G16000003745. The “Expanded 2016 Revised” version of “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” identifies the publisher as “Moon Rock Books.” The book lists the address for Moon Rock Books as 6256 Bullet Drive, Crestview, FL 32536

     

    JURISDICTION AND VENUE 

    1. Substantial and not isolated acts giving rise to the causes of action asserted herein occurred in the State of Wisconsin and within this venue.
    1. This Court has jurisdiction over both the parties and the subject matter because, on information and belief, a substantial number of the events giving rise to this complaint occurred in Dane County. On information and belief, Defendants Palecek and Wrongs Without Wremedies, LLC coordinated publication of the defamatory falsehoods with Mr. Fetzer, who is a resident of this State and County. Additionally, Dane County is the proper venue for this action because, on information and belief, the underlying acts leading to the events giving rise to the Complaint occurred in Dane County.

     

    Factual Background 

    1. Plaintiff is the father of deceased minor, N.P. 
    2. N.P. was killed during the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting.
    1. Shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting, conspiracy theorists began to claim that N.P. was not killed in the tragedy, that Plaintiff was not N.P.’s father, and that Plaintiff was complicit in a grand conspiracy to fake the massacre. Plaintiff undertook efforts to respond to and debunk such falsehoods, and such effort is ongoing today. Those efforts included releasing his son, N.P.’s, death certificate to rebut claims that his son was not killed at Sandy Hook.
    1. Prior to undertaking such responses, Plaintiff had no meaningful public presence.
    1. Defendant Fetzer has claimed for years that the Sandy Hook shooting was a government conspiracy. Defendants Fetzer and Palecek released the original edition of “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” in October of 2015.
    1. In that book, Defendants asserted that Plaintiff’s son, N.P., did not die at Sandy Hook. Defendant Fetzer has alternatively claimed that N.P. was not a real person. Defendant Fetzer has alternatively claimed that N.P. was not Plaintiff’s son. Plaintiff has undertaken efforts to respond to and debunk false statements and denigration of the memory of his murdered son.
    1. The harm to Plaintiff arising out of Defendants’ wide-ranging accusations is neither imagined nor limited to emotional distress or mental pain. Plaintiff has had to move on several occasions. Conspiracy theorists, fueled by, among others, Defendants’ falsehoods, have threatened Plaintiff’s very life.
    1. In January of 2016, Florida resident Lucy Richards left menacing voicemail messages and sent violent online threats to Plaintiff, including messages stating: “you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon” and “LOOK BEHIND YOU IT IS DEATH.” When Richards was later sentenced, Senior U.S. District Judge James Cohn stated: “I’m sure [Plaintiff Leonard Pozner] wishes this was false, and he could embrace [N.P.], hear [N.P.’s] heartbeat and hear [N.P.] say ‘I love you, Dad’…Your words were cruel and insensitive. This is reality and there is no fiction. There are no alternative facts.” As part of her sentence, Ms. Richards will not be permitted to access a list of conspiracy-based websites upon her release, including websites maintained by James Fetzer.
    1. Defendants published a second edition of “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” in 2016. That edition does not purport to be a mere reprinting of the first edition, but is instead described as “Expanded” and “Revised.” The copyright page of that book states that it was published in May of 2016 by Moon Rock Books.
    1. The second edition of “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” accuses Plaintiff of issuing and/or possessing a forged copy of N.P.’s death certificate. In particular, page 183 of Nobody Died At Sandy Hook states: “Noah Pozner’s death certificate is a fake, which we have proven on a dozen or more grounds.” At page 232 the book states, [Mr. Pozner] sent her a death certificate, which turned out to be a fabrication.” At page 242, the book states, “As many Sandy Hook researchers are aware, the very document Pozner circulated in 2014, with its inconsistent tones, fonts, and clear digital manipulation, was clearly a forgery.”
    1. Mr. Fetzer’s publication of this false accusation against Plaintiff was not limited to the book. He repeated that false statement on one or more blog posts, including, e.g., https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/james-fetzer-in-solidarity-with-alex-jones-how-we-know-sandy-hook-was-a-fema-drill-nobody-died-obama-officials-confirmed-it-was-an-anti-gun-propaganda-exercise. That post is dated August 5,  There, Defendant Fetzer made the following false statement: “It [N.P.’s death certificate] turned out to be a fabrication, with the bottom half of a real death

    certificate and the top half of a fake, with no file number and the wrong estimated time of death at 11 AM, when ‘officially’ the shooting took place between 9:35-9:40 that morning.” That statement is false, both in its particular fact and in the main point, essence, or gist in the context in which it was made, because N.P.’s death certificate is not a fabrication or forgery or fake. The context of that statement referred specifically to Plaintiff, as confirmed by the previous sentence, which, while also false, identifies Plaintiff by name. 

    1. The Connecticut Department of Public Heath maintains official death records for the State of Connecticut. The Connecticut Department of Public Heath, Vital Records Division, issued an official death certificate for N.P. A true and correct copy of that death certificate (sensitive information redacted) is attached hereto as Attachment A. The official death certificate attached hereto does not differ in any material respect from the one released publicly by Plaintiff.
    1. Distribution or possession of a document one knows to be a forgery of a written instrument officially issued or created by a public office, public servant or governmental instrumentality is a crime in Connecticut.

     

    COUNT ONE

    DEFAMATION (BY ALL DEFENDANTS)

     

    1. All previous allegations are incorporated by reference. 
    2. Plaintiff is a private individual and is neither a public official nor a public figure.
    1. The statements excerpted from “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” are false, 

    both in their particular facts and in the main point, essence, or gist in the context in which they were made, because N.P.’s death certificate is not a fabrication or forgery. 

    1. The statements excerpted from “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” refer directly to Plaintiff by name, and the surrounding context likewise indicates that the comments implicate Plaintiff. Given the surrounding assertions, a reasonable reader would understand the statement to imply that Plaintiff knowingly possessed and distributed a fabricated death certificate.
    1. The statements excerpted from “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” are continuations and elaborations of an underlying false assertions which Defendants have advanced for several years.
    1. Defendants’ defamatory publications were designed to harm Plaintiff’s reputation and subject Plaintiff to public contempt, disgrace, ridicule, or attack.
    1. Defendants acted with actual malice. In particular, Defendants’ published their statements knowing that the statements were false or with reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the statements.
    1. Defendants’ defamatory publications were not privileged. 
    2. Defendants’ defamatory statements constitute defamation per se. The harmful nature of the defamatory statements is self-evident. The defamatory statements implicate Plaintiff in criminal conduct.
    1. Defendants’ defamatory publications have and will continue to cause harm to the Plaintiffs. Due to Defendants’ conduct, the Plaintiffs have suffered and continue to suffer substantial damages in an amount to be proven at trial.

     

    COUNT TWO

    DEFAMATION (DEFENDANT FETZER)

     

    1. All previous allegations are incorporated by reference. 
    2. The statements excerpted from Defendant Fetzer’s August 2018 blog post are false, both in their particular facts and in the main point, essence, or gist in the context in which they were made, because N.P.’s death certificate is not a fabrication or forgery. The surrounding context implies that Plaintiff knowingly distributed a falsified death certificate.
    1. The statements excerpted from Defendant Fetzer’s August 2018 blog post refer directly to Plaintiff by name, and the surrounding context likewise indicates that the comments implicate Plaintiff.
    1. The statements excerpted from Defendant Fetzer’s August 2018 blog post are continuations and elaborations of an underlying false assertions which Defendants have advanced for several years.
    1. Defendant’s defamatory publications were designed to harm Plaintiff’s reputation and subject Plaintiff to public contempt, disgrace, ridicule, or attack.
    1. Defendant Fetzer acted with actual malice. In particular, Defendant Fetzer published his statements knowing that the statements were false or with reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the statements.
    1. Defendant’s defamatory publications were not privileged. 
    2. Defendant’s defamatory statements constitute defamation per se. The harmful nature of the defamatory statements is self-evident. The defamatory statements implicate Plaintiff in criminal conduct.
    1. Defendants’ defamatory publications have and will continue to cause harm to the Plaintiffs. Due to Defendants’ conduct, the Plaintiffs have suffered and continue to suffer substantial damages in an amount to be proven at trial.

     

    COUNT THREE

    CONSPIRACY

     

    1. All previous allegations are incorporated by reference. 
    2. With regard to the statements in “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook,” 

    Defendants acted together, as a cabal, to accomplish their defamation. Defendants had a meeting of the minds on the object or course of action underlying their recklessly defamatory publication. 

    1. As a result of this meeting of the minds, Defendants collectively committed the unlawful overt acts detailed above.
    1. Defendants are jointly and severally liable for the injuries Plaintiff suffered due to Defendants’ wrongful actions.

     

    DAMAGES

     

    1. Plaintiff has suffered general and special damages, including a severe degree of mental stress and anguish which have disrupted his daily routine and caused a high degree of psychological pain.
    1. Plaintiff has also suffered damage to his reputation and image, both up to the present and into the future.
    1. Because Defendants’ conduct amounts to defamation per se, Plaintiff is also entitled to an award of presumed damages.
    1. Plaintiff is also entitled to an award of nominal damages and a judgment clearing his name.
    1. Plaintiff is also entitled to exemplary damages because the Defendants acted with malice.
    1. Plaintiff is also entitled to pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, costs of court, and attorney’s fees.

     

    JURY DEMAND

     

    1. Plaintiff respectfully requests a jury of twelve persons on all claims so triable. 

    PRAYER FOR RELIEF

     

    1. WHEREFORE, the plaintiffs pray for judgment against the defendants as follows:

         A. Ordering compensation for all general, special, incidental, and consequential damages suffered by plaintiff as a result of the defendants’ conduct;

         B. Awarding plaintiff his reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, to the fullest extent allowed by law; and 

         C. Granting all such additional or further relief as this Court deems just and equitable under the circumstances. 

     

    Dated: November 27, 2018 /s/ Genevieve M. Zimmerman 

    Genevieve M. Zimmerman (WI#1100693) MESHBESHER & SPENCE, LTD. 1616 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404 Phone: (612) 339-9121 Fax: (612) 339-9188 [email protected] 

    THE ZIMMERMAN FIRM, LLC /s/ Jacob S. Zimmerman Jacob Zimmerman (MN#0330656) 1043 Grand Avenue #255 Saint Paul, MN 55105 [email protected] 

     

     

     

     

    Attachment A: Official Death Certificate of N.P. (sensitive information redacted)