Parents of Kids Murdered at Sandy Hook School Sue Conspiracy Nutball

❝ Parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School attacks filed defamation lawsuits on Monday against right-wing conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones, who has questioned the authenticity of the 2012 shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 children.

Leonard Pozner and his former wife, Veronique De La Rosa, parents of Noah Pozner, and Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, are seeking more than $1 million in damages in separate lawsuits…

❝ “This conspiracy theory, which has been pushed by InfoWars and Mr. Jones since the day of the shooting, alleges that the Sandy Hook massacre did not happen, or that it was staged by the government and concealed using actors, and that the parents of the victims are participants in a horrifying cover-up,” the plaintiffs said in their suits.

Both boys were among 20 first-grade students killed inside the school in Newtown, Conn.

The level of conspiracy fabrication beloved of nutballs like this deserves the contempt heaped upon Jones – for example – as a scumbag and a liar.

22 thoughts on “Parents of Kids Murdered at Sandy Hook School Sue Conspiracy Nutball

  1. [expletive deleted] says:

    “Is Alex Jones’s Empire In Trouble?” (Texas Monthly 4/20/18) https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/is-alex-jones-empire-in-trouble/
    “InfoWars’ Alex Jones Says He’s Been Defamed by Defamation Suits” (Bloomberg 4/18/18) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-18/infowars-jones-says-he-s-been-defamed-by-defamation-suits
    Meanwhile: Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Trump, lost an invitation to speak at a Florida Republican group’s annual dinner due to negative remarks he made about former first lady Barbara Bush during in an interview with InfoWars host Alex Jones. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/04/20/roger-stone-insults-barbara-bush-loses-speaking-gig/538213002/ “I understand I’m going to take a lot of crap for speaking the truth about Barbara Bush,” Stone said. “She was a mean-spirited, vindictive drunk. She is ascending into hell right now. She’s not going to heaven. She was a bad person.” Stone also reportedly wrote on Instagram that “Barbara Bush drank so much booze, if they cremated her … her body would burn for three days.”

  2. Ace of Spades says:

    July 3, 2018: “Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist radio host leading Infowars, claimed this afternoon that he had been chosen to reveal “the super hard, dangerous things up front,” before President Trump will supposedly publish new information detailing global elites’ roles in 9/11 terror attacks.
    Infowars is reporting that “high-level government sources” have told them that Trump is prepared to “go beyond exposing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 9/11-Saudi cover-up by releasing new information on how the Bushes and Clintons were also involved.” Jones claimed that doing this would be the key to destroying Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s suspected collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign by revealing that Mueller supposedly “quarterbacked the entire cover-up.”
    “Trump has them dead to rights. He has all the documents, he has all the admissions, and he’s letting them know, ‘I have the Ace of Spades,’” Jones said.” http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/alex-jones-i-was-selected-to-reveal-dangerous-things-about-9-11-alongside-trump/

  3. Causal chains says:

    “Alex Jones loses his empire — but not for the reason you’d think” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/alex-jones-and-the-slippery-slope-of-censorship/2018/08/07/09fe54a8-9a80-11e8-843b-36e177f3081c_story.html?utm_term=.c01cdc314a08&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1 “As the poem goes, you know,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), “first they came for Alex Jones…”
    That is, of course, not how the poem goes. In an irony to end all ironies, Cruz was using the oft-invoked verse about the Holocaust to defend an anti-Semitic conspiracy-monger. But the senator’s words do throw into relief the reasoning of those distressed that Facebook and many other platforms removed Infowars from their sites beginning late Sunday: These critics worry about a slippery slope of censorship. And the way tech companies have gone about booting peddlers of disinformation from their sites does little to assuage those misgivings.”
    Meanwhile: Ted Cruz “managed to plumb new depths of his own crippling mediocrity this week, issuing a public request for Donald Trump’s help on the campaign trail in his re-election bid against Beto O’Rourke.” https://www.gq.com/story/ted-cruz-asks-trump-for-help-this-hurts-to-watch

  4. Update says:

    The families of Sandy Hook victims suing Alex Jones scored a legal victory Friday when a judge granted their discovery requests, providing them with access to internal marketing and financial documents from his online radio site InfoWars. https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/424980-families-of-sandy-hook-victims-score-victory-in-lawsuit-against-alex
    The Connecticut judge will now have to decide by next week whether to allow the attorneys for the six families involved in the lawsuit to depose Jones, according to ABC News.
    Jones is being sued for defamation by the plaintiffs over his statements questioning whether the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax and whether the children were “crisis actors.”
    Jones has previously argued that defamation cases against him should be dismissed because he was acting as a journalist during his coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting, comparing himself to the veteran journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who helped break the Watergate scandal.

  5. Murder will out says:

    January 16, 2019: Roku reversed its decision Tuesday to allow Alex Jones’ InfoWars to stream on its platform — days after the company said it would host the conspiracy theorist’s flagship show. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/439kbj/alex-jones-infowars-lasted-two-days-on-streaming-service-roku “That decision [to broadcast InfoWars] prompted a huge backlash, including from the families of the Sandy Hook victims, who are suing Jones for repeatedly claiming the massacre was a hoax. “Roku’s shocking decision to carry Infowars and provide a platform for Alex Jones is an insult to the memory of the 26 children and educators killed at Sandy Hook,” the families said through a lawyer.
    “Infowars Must Turn Over Internal Documents to Sandy Hook Families, Judge Rules” (NYT 1/12/19) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/12/us/alex-jones-infowars-lawsuit.html
    The families of victims in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School must receive access to internal documents at Infowars, the internet and radio show whose host, Alex Jones, has spread the false claim that the shooting was an elaborate hoax, a judge ruled on Friday.
    The ruling was a legal victory for the families, which filed a defamation lawsuit against Mr. Jones, who traffics in conspiracy theories, and Infowars last year. The suit argued that peddling bogus stories was essential to the business model of Infowars, which sells products including survivalist gear, gun paraphernalia and dietary supplements.

  6. Update says:

    A Connecticut judge has ruled that Infowars host Alex Jones must undergo a sworn deposition in the defamation case brought against him by family members of Sandy Hook school shooting victims. (AP 2/13/19) https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/alex-jones-infowars-sandy-hook-hoax-defamation-case-sworn-deposition-20190214.html
    Discussions on Jones’ web show have called the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre a hoax, and lawsuits by families of eight victims and a first responder say they’ve been subjected to harassment and death threats from Jones’ followers.
    The Superior Court judge also ruled Wednesday that the families can depose several other defendants in the case, including those critical to Infowars’ business operations.

  7. Skitters says:

    “‘A bunch of cowards:’ Alex Jones filmed loudly berating patrons at Austin restaurant” https://www.sfgate.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/A-bunch-of-cowards-Alex-Jones-filmed-loudly-13720836.php Addressing the incident in a recent Infowars episode, Jones said he had been eating at a local steakhouse with his wife and Joe Rogan, an MMA color commentator and comedian. [“Alex Jones And Joe Rogan Made Peace With A Bizarre Podcast” https://www.forbes.com/sites/danidiplacido/2019/02/28/alex-jones-and-joe-rogan-made-peace-with-a-bizarre-podcast/#7092cd967da3 Forbes Feb 2019] A video of the incident, which was posted on YouTube by the Houston Chronicle, contains a graphic language warning. Jones claims it was deceptively edited: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rWmcIgTuzQ
    The deadline for radio talk show host Alex Jones to hand over emails in the defamation case filed against him was Tuesday March 26. The case was filed by the parents of four children killed in the Sandy Hook shooting. https://www.wshu.org/post/deadline-reached-alex-jones-turn-over-emails#stream/0 Jones was required to turn over more than 40,000 emails dated after the 2012 shooting, or a judge will not allow him to argue to dismiss the defamation case. https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-sandy-hook-alex-jones-20190322-ujvdc3qnk5aqzbqykyaxtkqvfi-story.html

  8. Update says:

    Alex Jones says ‘form of psychosis’ made him believe events like Sandy Hook massacre were staged (CNN March 30 2019) https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/30/us/alex-jones-psychosis-sandy-hook/index.html This week, Jones acknowledged the shooting was real during a sworn deposition he made as part of a defamation case brought against him by Sandy Hook victims’ families.
    “And I, myself, have almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged, even though I’ve now learned a lot of times things aren’t staged,” he said. “So I think as a pundit, someone giving an opinion, that, you know, my opinions have been wrong, but they were never wrong consciously to hurt people.”
    He said it was the “trauma of the media and the corporations lying so much” that caused him to distrust everything, “kind of like a child whose parents lie to them over and over again.”
    “So long before these lawsuits I said that in the past I thought everything was a conspiracy and I would kind of get into that mass group think of the communities that were out saying that,” he said. “And so now I see that it’s more in the middle… so that’s where I stand.”
    Videotaped deposition of Alex Jones in Lewis v. Jones, taken by attorney Mark Bankston of Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball, LLP. For more information, visit: http://infowarslawsuit.com/ Part II available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XES-A

  9. Puzzling Evidence™️ says:

    “Alex Jones sent Sandy Hook victims files with child sex abuse images, say lawyers : Far-right conspiracy theorist denied the allegations and accused one of the lawyers of framing him.” (Guardian UK 6/17/19) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/17/claim-alex-jones-child-sex-abuse-images-sandy-hook-victims
    Conspiracy theorist and “Infowars” radio host Alex Jones has been accused of sending child pornography to the lawyers of the Sandy Hook families — just days after he claimed to be the target of a malware attack that left kiddie porn on his servers. https://nypost.com/2019/06/17/lawyers-for-sandy-hook-families-say-alex-jones-sent-them-child-pornography/
    Jones apparently knew the filing was coming, with him posting a rant video over the weekend titled “Alex Jones Responds to Sandy Hook Child Porn Set Up.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2qytBjUKqw

  10. Update says:

    Infowars host Alex Jones has lost two of several lawsuits filed against him by relatives of Sandy Hook victims after he routinely failed to comply with requests to produce documents related to his involvement in spreading lies about the deadly shooting.
    Judge Maya Guerra Gamble on Monday issued her ruling for default judgments against Jones in two different cases, which means he and the conspiracy-theory-spewing outlet Infowars have been found liable for all damages and a jury will now be convened to determine how much he will owe the plaintiffs. The new rulings became public Thursday.
    In the filings, Gamble eviscerated Jones and reasoned that default judgments should be ordered because “an escalating series of judicial admonishments, monetary penalties, and non-dispositive sanctions have all been ineffective at deterring the abuse,” caused by Jones’ unwillingness to turn over documents related to the cases, the Texas judge ruled.
    The ruling — which is often referred to in Texas as a “death penalty sanction” for a party unwilling to comply with court orders — is a rarity in the legal world. Jones, who is now on his seventh lawyer in these cases, had years to provide documentation requested by the court, including internal company emails.
    In total, nine families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook shooting have leveled lawsuits against Jones and Infowars for the damage he and his outlet caused. Since then, Jones has lost multiple legal battles in his many lawsuits and was ordered to pay nearly $150,000 in legal fees in 2020 for failing to provide discovery documents for the plaintiffs. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/alex-jones-lost-two-sandy-hook-cases_n_61561020e4b008640eb1d56a
    “Death penalty sanctions: a rare last resort for egregious civil misconduct” https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en/knowledge/publications/d13b2f34/death-penalty-sanctions-a-rare-last-resort-for-egregious-civil-misconduct

  11. Ante up says:

    A Connecticut judge has ruled conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is responsible for all damages in the defamation lawsuits brought against him by the families of those killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting after his repeated claims that the Newtown massacre was a hoax.
    Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis issued a default in the lawsuits Monday morning after years of what she found to be inappropriate conduct by Jones’ attorneys regarding depositions and the “callous disregard of their obligation” to turn over financial and web analytics data as ordered by the court.
    The default is the most severe sanction Bellis could issue, ruling in favor of the Sandy Hook families and sending the case directly to a jury to award damages without the much-anticipated civil trial. https://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-br-sandy-hook-lawsuit-alex-jones-hearing-20211115-ccie6kyugrcenm5pjrje7xswk4-story.html

  12. Law&Order says:

    “A Connecticut judge is holding notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in contempt of court after he failed to comply with multiple orders for Jones to sit for a deposition in a defamation suit brought against him by families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. The judge did, however, stop short of issuing a warrant for Jones’ arrest, which the plaintiffs had requested.
    …Until he sits for a deposition, Bellis ordered, Jones will have to pay fines that will start at $25,000 a day on April 1 and increasing by $25,000 each business day.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/30/media/sandy-hook-alex-jones-contempt-of-court/index.html

  13. Galatians 6:7 says:

    ● “The detective who led the investigation into the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School attack testified Tuesday that there are three types of people who deny that it happened and harass the victims’ families: the mentally ill, those who believed bad or incomplete information, and those who knew the truth but twisted it for their own “power or money.”
    Investigators put conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in that final group.” https://apnews.com/article/alex-jones-sandy-hook-trial-07b7ee981d6fcd3ebfbccac65ee89d4d
    “● “Ties Between Alex Jones and Radio Network Show Economics of Misinformation
    The Genesis Communications Network built a lucrative business alongside the radio host, whose show the company has syndicated for more than two decades.” https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/24/business/media/alex-jones-misinformation-genesis.html
    ● “Alex Jones has choice words for Sandy Hook defamation case against him as trial gets underway” https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2022/07/26/two-sandy-hook-parents-seek-150-million-dollars-from-austin-conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones/65381852007/
    ● “Steve Bannon tells Alex Jones he’s one of the greatest political thinkers since Founding Fathers” https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/us-news/steve-bannon-alex-jones-interview-b2130070.html

    • Tricksy says:

      Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ primary company filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, an unexpected move that comes as a trial is underway in Texas to determine how much in damages he will have to pay the families of two Sandy Hook victims who sued and won a default judgment against him.
      Jones’ decision to seek bankruptcy protection for his company, Free Speech Systems, which operates the right-wing conspiratorial outlet Infowars, also comes after he was found legally responsible in a separate defamation case in Connecticut.
      In a bizarre legal twist, Jones also filed a complaint Thursday against his own company in Connecticut, a move that could further delay proceedings in the Connecticut trial.

      • Joe Friday says:

        Missing link: https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/29/media/alex-jones-free-speech-systems-bankruptcy/index.html
        Also: “The Texas trial to determine how much Alex Jones should pay to the parents of a Sandy Hook victim he defamed could have significant implications on how First Amendment issues are litigated, and the proliferation of online conspiracy theories, experts say.
        The jury’s ruling could slow the spread of baseless conspiracy theories in the future, experts believe, but it could also have “a chilling effect” for legitimate news sources.” https://www.ctinsider.com/news/article/Sandy-Hook-Alex-Jones-trial-precedent-17339245.php?t=49e5050b01
        “It’s really a question of whether defamation will even really exist in the age of conspiracy theories and ‘anything goes’ on the internet,” said Hartford attorney Alex Taubes. “There’s a real question here with this case of, is there anywhere that facts matter? As lawyers, we care about facts. So, do facts matter? If Mr. Jones is not held fully liable for the harm he’s inflicted on our communities, then facts don’t really matter, do they?”

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