- A Texas judge has ruled that right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is legally responsible for damages caused by his false claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a “huge hoax.”
- Default judgments were issued against Jones and InfoWars for failing to comply with orders to produce documents for two lawsuits brought by the families of two children killed in the shooting.
- The court will convene a jury to decide how much debt it will owe to the plaintiff.
A Texas judge has ruled that right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is legally liable for damages caused by his false claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting nine years ago was a “huge hoax.”
Judge Maya Guerra Gamble on Monday defaulted against Jones and her website InfoWars for failing to comply with orders to produce documents for two lawsuits brought by the families of two children killed in the shooting, according to court documents. Decision issued.
The rulings issued on Thursday mean Jones lost the case by default. The court will convene a jury to decide how much debt it will owe to the plaintiff.
Jones and Infowars attorney Norm Pattis issued a statement Condemned the judge’s decision on Thursday.
“The trial court’s admission of default in these cases is surprising,” the statement said. “It does not take account of the thousands of documents produced by the defendants, the hours spent sitting for statements and the various sworn statements filed in these cases.”
“We are aggrieved by what we see as gross abuse of discretion by the trial court,” the statement continued. “We are determined to see that these cases are heard on merits.”
Jones’ attorney, Brad Reeves, did not immediately respond for comment.
In 2012, a shooter with an AR-15-style rifle entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 26 people, including six teachers and 20 young children, in Newtown, Connecticut. Since the shooting, Jones has repeatedly claimed that it was done by “crisis actors” who oppose the Second Amendment.
As a result, Jones has lost several defamation lawsuits brought by families and victims in the shooting. In 2019, for example, Jones was ordered To pay $100,000 in court costs and legal fees to the parents of Sandy Hook victims for perpetrating lies about the shooting.
During the swearing-in for the same case in 2019, Jones admitted that the shooting was real and claimed that “a form of psychosis” made him question whether the incident was staged in 2012, CNN reported on Friday.