In a civil lawsuit brought by the husband of one of the victims killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Connecticut judge Barbara Bellos found Alex Jones liable in the case.
According to the ruling, Jones and his companies were defaulted by Judge Bellis because of their "failure to produce critical material information that the plaintiffs required in order to prove their claims."
Next, a hearing to determine the amount of damages that Jones will be required to compensate the plaintiff.
Jones was also found to be in default in three defamation lawsuits brought against him by other Sandy Hook families, according to a ruling by Texas judge Maya Guerra Gamble on Oct. 1. It will be decided by a jury in those cases how much compensation Jones and the other defendants will have to pay as a result of their actions.
For the most part, Alex Jones and his companies, which include the websites InfoWars and Free Speech Systems, have refused or failed to turn over any documents or information that a court has ordered them to produce.
As a result of Jones' and his companies' "failure to produce critical material information that the plaintiffs required in order to prove their claims," Judge Barbara Bellis took the unusual step of declaring Jones in default in the defamation lawsuits.
Default judgments were entered against Jones, Infowars, and other defendants for what the judge described as their "blatant bad faith and callous disregard" of court orders to turn over documents to the parents' lawyers. Jones, Infowars, and other defendants were sued in Texas by the parents' attorneys.
Jones and his Connecticut attorney, Norman Pattis, stated at the time of the Texas ruling that the decision "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."
Furthermore, they expressed their displeasure with "what we consider to be an egregious abuse of discretion by the trial court. It is our determination that these cases be heard on their merits."
In the Connecticut case, Jones' lawyers have denied violating court rules on disclosure and have asked that Bellis be removed from the case.
As early as 2013, Alex Jones began promoting the theory that the Sandy Hook massacre had been staged in order to aid anti-gun organizations in their efforts to curtail Second Amendment rights, and that no one had been killed at the school.
Legal complaints filed against Jones by the families of the victims allege that the broadcaster did not actually believe the shooting was a hoax but invented the theory in order to profit from it, and that part of his profiteering included encouraging his followers to "investigate" the incident for themselves.
As a result of Jones's actions, surviving family members have been subjected to extremely painful ongoing harassment and abuse.
Jones and the other defendants have attempted to portray their lawsuits as a free speech dispute.
They describe the lawsuit as "a device used by Plaintiffs to silence Defendants' free speech" in one motion to dismiss.
Jones and the other defendants have had little or no success in their attempts to defend themselves thus far, as evidenced by the history of the Connecticut case and the three Texas cases.
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