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Alex Jones Found ‘Guilty By Default’ in Sandy Hook Cases

A similar ruling was issued by a Texas judge weeks earlier

A superior court judge in Connecticut found InfoWar’s Alex Jones guilty by default in the defamation case brought against him.

Parents of children who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 sued Jones for calling the incident a hoax.

After being ordered by the courts, Jones and his companies, Infowars and Free Speech Systems, did not turn over documents. For the past two years, the court has sought to compel Jones to turn over financial records and web analytic data.

The documents could prove or disprove if Jones profited from the publicity following the controversy.

Lawyers representing the deceased children’s family have argued that Jones “deliberately capitalized on the conspiracy theories about the shooting order to grow his online Infowars audience, growing the reach for the products he sold online and in turn his companies’ profits,” per The Hartford Courant.

Judge Barbara Bellis issued the ruling, saying Jones’s attorneys acted with “callous disregard of their obligation” when they did not supply the information to the court. She said the legal team’s behavior constituted “a pattern of obstructive conduct” which in turn caused her “last resort” ruling.

“Neither the court nor the parties can expect perfection when it comes to the discovery process,” Bellis wrote in the ruling. “What is required, however, and what all parties are entitled to, is fundamental fairness that the other side produces information which is within their knowledge, possession and power and that the other side meet its continuing duty to disclose additional and new material.”

The case will not have a civil trial, but will be directed to a jury to award damages.

“What’s clear from Judge Bellis’ ruling is that Alex Jones and the Jones defendants have engaged in a long, continuous course of misconduct in this case designed to prevent the plaintiffs from getting evidence about Mr. Jones’ business and about his motives for publishing lies about them and their families,” said Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for relatives of eight of the victims who sued Jones in Connecticut.

Jay Wolman, Jones’s lead defense attorney, dismissed Mattei’s claim as “ridiculous.”

“This is not a sanctions issue, this is a way to try to circumvent the merits … and the plaintiffs cannot circumvent the merits,” Wolman said in court. “They’re trying to find a needle in a haystack where there is no needle. This is a classic fishing expedition.”

Jones has said his comments were protected by the First Amendment. Since the school shooting, he has publicly stated he was wrong and the shooting was not a hoax. He is scheduled to be deposed on Dec. 14, the ninth anniversary of the shooting.

Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of Austin, Texas had previously issued a default judgment in three defamation lawsuits against Jones and InfoWars.

“It takes no account of the tens of thousands of documents produced by the defendants, the hours spent sitting for depositions and the various sworn statements filed in these cases,” Jones and Connecticut attorney Norman Pattis said in a statement on the InfoWars website. 

“We are distressed by what we regard as a blatant abuse of discretion by the trial court. We are determined to see that these cases are heard on the merits.”

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11 responses to “Alex Jones Found ‘Guilty By Default’ in Sandy Hook Cases”

  1. UppityG says:

    I understand why the families would not appreciate his comments, but so the fuck what? They could’ve very easily denounced Jones, called him a hoax, and moved on without giving him the time of day ever again. But no. They want a payday and they don’t care who does it.

    If Jones can’t exercise his right to speak freely, then neither can we. These two female judges are identifying with the insulted mothers who lost kids that day, instead of following the law. If Jones’ can keep footing the very expensive lawyer bills, I believe he will prevail on appeal.

  2. UppityG says:

    @Dylan you have rabies. Seek help.

  3. RockettMan says:

    I read only statements. I missed the part where there was any shit talking. There was what the judge said/did, what the prosecution said/did, and then their was what the defendant said/did. Please point out this shit talking you speak of?

  4. GlutenFreeCat says:

    How is this shit talking? I’ve been waiting for a while to hear more in this case because I think it’s disgusting Jones is going through this.

  5. Really don’t care that much about this. Way to publish shit talking on someone that made your show what it is 😂 scummy

  6. DBurleson says:

    I like Alex but he definitely messed up here. I forgive him, and have moved passed it.
    Push through Alex, you’re a much needed voice/entertainment!

  7. Wolv256 says:

    Counterpoint: Alex Jones is amazing and I don’t respect or acknowledge our government or the authority of our corrupt court system. I declare that the US government is guilty.

  8. Deutscher says:

    #FakeNewsMedia and MSNBC in particular must pay so much money on so many people they defamed. But let’s go after Jones because of smth., that happened 2012…
    State became “the enemy of the people”.

  9. Dale_Sazerac says:

    I’ve heard Robert Barnes as well as Alex Jones claim that he turned in over a millions pages of documents. This seems like an important detail that should have been included to corroborate Wolman’s claims.

  10. tkal6 says:

    Yes, I have to agree. Not a good look Alex. I don’t follow him for these reasons. Too much crazy is not my speed.

  11. Viewtifuljoe says:

    I like Alex and think that he is doing the Lord’s work but he is still a man and men make mistakes. This one will cost him a pretty penny not to mention a plow to his credibility.