Judge denies new trial to former Florida Atlantic University professor, James Tracy, over his claim that he was fired in retaliation for calling the Sandy Hook massacre a Hoax, reported The Sun Sentinel on the 24th of April.
The decision was proclaimed by U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg last Tuesday, April 20th, noted the newspaper, four months after a jury rejected James Tracy’s free speech lawsuit. According to Rosenberg’s 31-page ruling, Tracy failed to prove “any argument that the evidence did not support the jury’s verdict.”
Tracy, who had been employed by FAU as a communications professor from 2002 until January of 2016, was seeking reinstatement as a tenured faculty member as well as unspecified damages.
According to The Sun Sentinel, turmoil had begun in late 2012 in response to Tracy’s conspiracy theory blog where he raised doubts over the Sandy Hook mass shooting, which killed 20 children and six teachers, questioning whether it actually happened.
“In reviewing news coverage of the Sandy Hook School massacre, I began to recognize very unusual features in the alleged forensics, the emergency response and the overall way the event was being reported,” observed Tracy in an article for The Sun Sentinel on December 2015. “Commonplace emergency protocols were abandoned. There was no surge of EMTs into the building, no proper triage protocol employed or Med-Evac helicopters called. Parents were not even allowed to view and hold the bodies of their deceased children, and law enforcement oddly admonished those who questioned the official narrative online were subject to criminal prosecution.”
Tracy also contributed to a book titled, “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook: It Was a FEMA Drill to Promote Gun Control.”
FAU officials reported that Tracy was never censored or prevented from expressing his conspiracy theorist opinions. According to the university, Tracy was fired for repeatedly and intentionally refusing to file mandatory disclosure forms requiring all professors to reveal outside work and activities that could affect the university, said the newspaper.
For additional information on James Tracy and Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, follow FAU professor questions whether Sandy Hook massacre was staged and Fired FAU professor who called Sandy Hook massacre a hoax denied new free speech trial.