Alex Jones found guilty in all 4 defamation cases the Sandy Hook families brought against him.. Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been found liable for damages in yet another defamation suit brought by the families of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, making him guilty in all four cases brought against him.
A Connecticut judge on Monday ruled that the InfoWars founder and radio host was guilty by default because he refused a court order to turn over documents, including financial records, for deposition in the case, The New York Times reported.
Lawyers for the families argued earlier this year that Jones and his companies, which include InfoWars and Free Speech Systems, failed to follow a court order requiring they overturn documents that show whether Jones and his companies profited from his espousal of conspiracy theories about the shooting, the Associated Press reported.
Jones’ lawyers, meanwhile, had requested that the judge in the case, Barbara Bellis, be removed, claiming she had not been impartial in the matter, the AP reported.
The judge’s ruling combines with three other prior decisions in Texas, granting a sweeping victory to the families of the shooting victims in the defamation cases against Jones, according to The New York Times.
As Insider previously reported, a Texas judge similarly issued default judgments in those cases after Jones and his lawyers also failed to comply with court orders to provide documents. The judge, in that case, said Jones showed “flagrant bad faith and callous disregard for the responsibilities of discovery under the rules.”
Jones has repeatedly lied about the school shooting that left 26 people dead, including 20 first-grade students and six educators, spreading false conspiracy theories that the massacre was a hoax. The families sued Jones, arguing they had been harassed by his followers, as the AP reported.
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