Alex Jones loses three libel lawsuits against Sandy Hook
Alex Jones, the bombastic founder of Infowars, peddled conspiracy theories that the December 14, 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was a false flag event filled with ” crisis actors âwho have been manipulated by the media. In total, the families of nine of the victims – who were among the 20 young students killed in the rampage – have sued Jones for defamation for spreading lies about the tragedy which caused them immense pain and psychological distress as well. that having subjected them to harassment and death threats.
On Thursday Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, as well as Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old sons Noah and Jesse – respectively were murdered, were ultimately victorious.
Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of the 459th District Court in Travis County, Texas, ruled Jones and Infowars are responsible for the damage and pain their relentless lies have inflicted on the still grieving parents. A jury will decide on the size of the prizes.
Gamble in his ruling showed Jones no mercy and felt that default judgments should be made due to the heinous nature of Jones’ words because “a growing series of legal warnings, monetary penalties, and no sanctions. decisive actions have all been ineffective in deterring abuse, âreferring to Jones having ignored previous court orders to cease and desist.
“The decision – which is often called in Texas a “death penalty” for a party who does not want to comply with court orders – is a rarity in the legal world. Jones, who is now his seventh lawyer in these cases, has had years to provide the documents requested by the court, including internal company emails, â reported The Huffington Post.
Gamble rejected arguments by Jones’ attorney Brad Reeves that such punishment was “excessive”, court records show The HuffPost obtained, and although Jones has since withdrawn his baseless claims.
“Further, in considering whether lesser remedies would be effective, this Court has also taken into account the defendants’ general bad faith approach to litigation, Mr. Jones’ public threats and Mr. Jones’ stated belief that these proceedings are “show trials,” “says Gamble.
Then, on Friday, Gamble issued a third default judgment against Jones and Infowars in favor of Neil Heslin, whose six-year-old son Jesse was also killed in the attack.
Bill Ogden, an attorney with the Farrar & Ball law firm who represents the nine families who sued Jones and his outlet for libel, said in a statement emailed to The HuffPost that while death penalty judgments are “a bit of a myth” in the legal world, the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the cases left Gamble with no choice.
âWe’re learning that death penalty penalties in law schools are more of a theory, and it’s almost unheard of in a case like this,â Ogden said. âHowever, Sandy Hook cases are unique. It is extremely rare for a party (Alex Jones and Infowars) to be ordered by the court to comply with the disclosure, sanctioned for failing to obey multiple court orders, and then continue to blatantly disregard the court authority by continually refusing to comply.