Infowars host Alex Jones has been found liable in a Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit.
After Jones claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, he was served a lawsuit by the parents of two of the children killed in the shooting. The shooting, which took place in 2012, took the lives of 20 students and six staff members. The shooter killed his mother before going to the school, where he killed himself afterwards. Jones claims to have relied on the information found in 4,000 emails from one single person to make the allegations.
On Monday, Judge Barbara Bellis of the Connecticut Superior Court ruled that Jones was liable by default in the defamation suit. Bellis said she based the ruling on Jones not cooperating by turning over evidence or abiding by court rulings. The damages Jones will have to pay to the families will be determined by a jury. The plaintiffs’ lawyers say that they will need to see Jones’ financial documents before deciding the damages.
Jones returned to his show after the ruling, where he said he was not given a fair trial. “These individuals, again, are not allowing me to have a jury trial because they know the things they said I supposedly did didn’t happen,” he claimed. “They know they don’t have a case for damages. And so the judge is saying you are guilty of damages, now a jury decides how guilty you are. It’s not guilty until proven guilty.”
His lawyers have asked for Bellis to be removed from the case on the basis that she “has not been impartial”. They claimed Jones committed no wrongdoing by not disclosing the requested documents.
The Infowars host was handed a similar ruling last month in three defamation suits in Texas recently. Eight families of students killed in the incident have sued Jones on account of defamation in both Texas and Connecticut. They have also claimed to have received threats after Jones made the claims. SInce making the claims, Jones has gone back on them, saying he doesn’t believe the shooting was a hoax.
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