Simon Law July 2019

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July 2019

Can the Courts Keep Crazy at Bay?

Separating Truth From Lies

The father of one of the first graders who was killed during the Sandy Hook Massacre scored a small victory for truth in a Wisconsin court case. The judge ruled that the father should win the defamation case as a matter of law against the author of a book called “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook.” The book was filled with false allegations, including the overlying lie that the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a FEMA drill to promote gun control, and that the father fabricated his own son’s death certificate. Keep in mind that this is a mass shooting wherein 20 first graders were murdered. There are thousands of people out there who believe it was made up. How does the Constitution fit into this? Are people not allowed to think whatever they want, no matter how crazy or false? Yes, of course. You have freedom of speech and freedom of the press, but there is a limit when it comes to lies and defamation. Because the book accused the father of fabricating his son’s birth certificate, which is a crime, there was no need to prove damages. If a person is defamed and the lie accuses them of committing a crime, then they need not prove that the lie caused damages to succeed in their lawsuit. Here, the judge slammed the author for forcing this parent to go to court in order to end the narrative that the death was faked. The father is involved in at least nine other defamation lawsuits, along with other parents of victims, in an effort to silence the lies being spread about the death of their children. It is one thing to want to protect the Second Amendment right to bear arms. It is completely another to say that the whole shooting was a hoax and to call these grieving parents liars. Meanwhile, in Connecticut, Alex Jones was sanctioned this week by the judge for going after the plaintiff’s lawyers on his show. In his show, he held up the picture of the attorney involved in the defamation suit against him and said, “You’re trying to set me up with child porn — I’m going to get your a--. One million dollars. One

million dollars, you little gang member. One million dollars to put your head on a pike. One million dollars, b----. I am going to get your a--.” Jones continues, “You’re not going to ever defeat Texas, you sacks of s---.” The court sanctioned the raucous Jones, who has been banned from Facebook and other major social media platforms. So, here is the question: These poor parents are using the courts to silence the lies. Will it work? How far should we be able to take free speech? What if well-funded plaintiffs take to the courts to silence voices that are speaking the truth? Write to us and let us know your thoughts.

–Christopher Simon

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