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Fired Sandy Hook Conspiracy Prof Quickly Shot Down by Jury

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 09:24 AM

Sandy Hook conspiracy theory blogger and fired former university professor James Tracy was quickly shot down by jurors who rejected his claims that he had lost his job because of his public declarations that the 2012 elementary school massacre was a hoax.

The jury deliberated for only about three hours, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Tracy filed a lawsuit claiming the Florida Atlantic University dismissed him and violated his free speech rights because of his blog post that claimed the Sandy Hook massacre was staged in an effort to promote gun control, WPTV reported.

The university argued that Tracy had lost his tenure because he refused to obey orders and violated school policy.

Tracy worked as a communications professor from 2002 to 2016 and received his tenure in 2008, the the Sun Sentinel said

The former professor was asking for reinstatement as well as compensation for financial loss, but the jury was only deciding whether Tracy had lost his job for expressing his views, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The jury voted unanimously that the blog posts were not a “motivating factor” in his dismissal.

"We just tried to stay away from the emotion of the case and we focused on the evidence, not hearsay or opinions," the jury foreman told the Sun Sentinel.

Following the ruling, one of Tracy’s attorneys maintained that his client was unlawfully terminated.

“And we look forward to pursuing all of our options, including appeal, to protect Dr. Tracy's rights,” he said, per WPTV.

The university released a statement on Monday afternoon.

“We are grateful for the careful consideration of the jury in this matter,” it said. “The university will continue to prioritize its research mission and the education of its students. The university will make no further comment regarding this matter at this time.”

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Fired former university professor and Sandy Hook conspiracy theory blogger James Tracy was quickly shot down by jurors who rejected his claims that he lost his job because of his public declarations that the 2012 elementary school massacre was a hoax.
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