Alex Jones is a notable entertainer and podcaster. His flair for the dramatic has linked him to multiple conspiracy theories.
On Monday, a Connecticut judge issued a default judgment against Jones in a defamation case tied to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
Since December 2012, Jones has alleged the event was a “giant hoax,” designed to move the public to accept stiff gun control measures.
In 2018, two parents of children killed at the school brought forward lawsuits against Jones. During those trials, a judge ordered Jones to produce documentation to support his claims. He refused.
The Washington Post reports that in today’s ruling, Judge Maya Guerra Gamble ruled against Jones and Infowars because “Jones repeatedly failed to hand over documents and evidence to the court supporting his damaging and erroneous claims that the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which killed 26 people, 20 of whom were young children, was a ‘false flag’ operation carried out by ‘crisis actors.'”
Jones, and his website’s parent company, Free Speech Systems, were sharply criticized by a Texas court earlier this year. That judge rebuked Jones, saying that he “intentionally disobeyed” the court’s order and showed “flagrant bad faith and callous disregard” by not producing the documents requested.
“An escalating series of judicial admonishments, monetary penalties, and non-dispositive sanctions have all been ineffective at deterring the abuse,” wrote the judge.
CNN reports that a statement from Mark Bankston, an attorney for parents bringing forward the latest complaint, notes that today’s ruling provides the grieving parents “the closure they deserve.”
Nine families with ties to Sandy Hook have sued Jones.
In 2019, in a sworn deposition, Jones acknowledged the Sandy Hook massacre was not a staged event.
However, a statement on the Infowars platform from attorney Norm Pattis referred to the court’s decision today as “stunning.”
In a video statement, Jones complained that rulings against him come from judges, not jurors, saying, “Every basic form of American liberty is being abolished and overthrown as we speak.”
In reference to what he perceives as an attack on his first amendment rights, Jones added: “They’re coming after me because I’m standing in their way. They’re coming after me because they’re coming after you.”
The Conservative Brief reports that today’s ruling followed three similar Texas court decisions last month. Thus far, all courts have found Jones guilty of defamation. Juries will now decide how much Jones will pay to the victims’ families for his defamatory remarks.
An article in The Daily Mail concludes: “His conviction is a sweeping victory for the parents of eight people killed…on December 14, 2012, [when] gunman Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 first-graders and six teachers.”
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