Infowars founder who claimed Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax ordered to pay $100,000

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(Reuters) – Conspiracy promoter and right-wing media personality Alex Jones has been ordered to pay $100,000 in court costs and legal fees stemming from a lawsuit over his claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre of school children was a hoax, court records show.

Jones, founder of the Infowars radio show and webcast, has claimed the mainstream media and gun-control proponents conspired to fabricate the tragedy in which 20 school children and six school staff were shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. 

In response, several parents of the slain 6- and 7-year-old children sued Jones and Infowars for defamation and emotional distress in Texas, where Infowars is based, and in Connecticut.

In Texas, Travis County District Court Judge Scott Jenkins on Dec. 20 ordered Jones and Infowars to pay more than $100,000 in a case brought by Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was killed at the school. The Daily Beast first reported the rulings on Monday.

The judge’s filings ordered Jones to pay more than $100,000 for failing to provide discovery, or evidence owed to the opposing side, and for filing a frivolous request to dismiss the case. In October, the same judge ordered Jones to pay another $25,875 for failing to respond to a previous discovery order.

Jones’ attorney, Wade Jefferies, said the lawsuit should be dismissed on freedom of speech grounds and said he would appeal the judge’s decision not to dismiss it. He also said the legal payments ordered by the judge were excessive.

“As to the actual amounts of attorney’s fees awarded, in my opinion, and every lawyer with knowledge of the case I have talked to agrees, the attorney’s fee awards are excessive,” Jefferies said in an email.

The Sandy Hook tragedy rocked the United States when a 20-year-old man shot and killed his mother at home and then

went on a rampage at the school, also killing himself.

Jones began promoting the fiction that the event was staged. After conducting what he called “deep research,” Jones said in 2014 “the whole thing was fake.”

However, in a deposition linked to one of the suits, Jones later conceded that “children died and it’s a tragedy,” while also denying he had wronged the parents of the slain children.

Mark Bankston, an attorney representing Heslin and three other Sandy Hook parents, said Jones has “put a middle finger up to the court.”

“Hopefully these orders will have the effect of telling him there’s severe consequences for this,” Bankston said.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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5 thoughts on “Infowars founder who claimed Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax ordered to pay $100,000

  1. Wow. You’d think questioning about whether or not that Sandy Hoax happened was like questioning whether or not the Holohoax happened. I guess this was a Jewish led operation. Shh! Don’t say anything about it or you’ll pay fines or go to jail.

    Unfrigginbelievable……….

  2. ‘Jones began promoting the fiction that the event was staged. After conducting what he called “deep research,” Jones said in 2014 “the whole thing was fake.”

    However, in a deposition linked to one of the suits, Jones later conceded that “children died and it’s a tragedy,” while also denying he had wronged the parents of the slain children.’

    http://themillenniumreport.com/2019/03/sandy-hook-hoax-obama-official-confirms-that-the-mass-shooting-was-an-anti-gun-propaganda-exercise

  3. Odd event considering how many have pointed out the holes in Sandy Hoax, everything from paid actors dressed as SWAT, the parking lot being magically filled with vehicles all facing the same direction, forged pictures released by the fed gov, social security admitting no one died and not a single SS # was rescinded for YEARS after it happened… Also that the school was CLOSED! It is in an old govt. spook village out in the middle of nowhere and NO ONE lives there! A preacher visited and took pictures proving that one.

    How in the HELL could you not provide evidence when the internet is bleeding an ocean of it? Jones is a fed agent and that has been proven over time so I wonder if this is their way of trying to shut people up by staging things because no way in hell could you NOT prove it to be a hoax. Also why not sue all the other radio hosts and websites that have been blasting the event? Why single Jones out? Oh thats right, big mouth, make a big show of him “losing…”

    This event stinks of foul play.

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