Alex Jones, the host of InfoWars and a conspiracy theorist, was found guilty by default in a defamation lawsuit brought by the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims.
Jones’ refusal to surrender documents and financial records, Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis stated, rendered him guilty by default after years of evading court orders to surrender the papers.
The Monday decision in the lawsuits brought by eight families comes weeks after a Texas judge found Jones liable for damages in three other cases brought by the parents of two students killed in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators. After the massacre, the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, turned the gun on himself.
On his show, Jones portrayed the mass shooting as a “false flag” operation orchestrated by “crisis actors” seeking to increase gun control measures, but he provided no evidence to support his erroneous assertions.
After making the false claims, Jones repeatedly refused to comply with court orders requiring him to provide evidence in cases brought against him by families of massacre victims accusing Jones of enriching himself by spreading lies about the shooting.
According to Chris Mattei, a lawyer for the families, Jones had grown accustomed to spreading falsehoods from the vantage point of his studio but was unable to defend his position when confronted by the court.
“Mr. Jones is accustomed to saying whatever he wants from the comfort of his own studio, but this case demonstrates that when he is forced to defend his conduct in a court of law and comply with court orders, the game changes dramatically,” Mattei told the Hartford Courant.
“The fact that the court was forced to default him demonstrates how averse Mr. Jones was to having his conduct exposed in front of a jury,” he added.
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Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of Austin entered similar default judgments against Jones, Infowars, and other defendants in September. In her ruling, she chastised Jones and others for their “egregious bad faith and callous disregard” for court orders requiring them to turn over documents to the parents’ attorneys.
The recent legal battles are not the first time Jones has been chastised for spreading falsehoods about the shooting over the airwaves. Nine families have sued Jones in the nearly decade since the shooting, and Jones has previously been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees to families suing over his falsehoods about the murders.
Jones recanted the damaging claims following multiple losses in cases involving the bogus statements, claiming in a 2019 deposition that they were the result of “a form of psychosis.”
“I speak for four hours a day and frequently forget what I said a week ago,” Jones explained at the time.