Alex Jones found liable in Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit

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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is liable for damages in a lawsuit brought by the families of Sandy Hook shooting victims after he falsely claimed the attack was a hoax, a Connecticut judge ruled Monday.

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why it matters: It is Jones’ latest defeat in defamation lawsuits related to his conspiracy theories about the 2012 mass shooting.

Running news: Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that Jones was liable by default for “failing to produce material material information that the plaintiffs required to substantiate their claims,” ​​the AP reports.

  • Lawyers for the Sandy Hook families requested internal documents that would show whether Jones had benefited from talking about the school shootings and other mass shootings, per the AP.
  • Last month, a Texas judge issued a similar ruling in three defamation lawsuits stemming from his baseless conspiracy theories.
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What are they saying: “Their pattern of disobeying and ignoring court orders to furnish accountable information is well established,” the family’s lawyers wrote in a court brief obtained by the AP.

Flashback: After the shooting killed 26 people, 20 of whom were young children, Jones reacted as he began to call the shooting a “false flag” operation employed by “crisis actors”, writes Nerdshala Shawna Chen.

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what to watch: Bayliss ordered a hearing to determine how much Jones should pay to the families in damages.

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