(ReliableNews.org) – On December 14, 2012, teenager Adam Lanza fatally shot and killed 26 individuals at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The dead included 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 and six adult staff members. Controversial radio show host Alex Jones spent the next several years promoting wild claims about the shooting. He recently lost a series of court cases brought against him by Sandy Hook parents.
Among the claims promoted, Jones alternately accused the United States government of withholding critical information about the shooting, stated it was a false flag operation and called the massacre a hoax. The families in those cases claimed Jones’ allegations subjected them to death threats and harassment. In some instances, families had to move or go into hiding to avoid the wrath of Jones’ followers.
A Texas district court judge handed down three default judgments against Jones on September 27, 2021, after he refused to turn over documents and other evidence as ordered by the court. District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble called Jones’ refusal to comply with discovery orders a “flagrant” display of “bad faith and callous disregard” for the law. Similarly, a Connecticut superior court judge issued a fourth and final default judgment against Jones on November 15, 2021.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones liable for damages after calling Sandy Hook massacre a 'hoax' https://t.co/Ef3i683PqF
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 16, 2021
Jones and his lawyers insist the courts lack evidence of any wrongdoing or defamation on his part and argue he shouldn’t have to pay damages and court costs. However, because the courts ruled he essentially demurred by refusing to comply with discovery orders, that argument is moot.
Both judges plan to conduct hearings in 2022 to determine costs and damage awards in all four cases. What do you think? Should Jones have to pay up without the benefit of a full trial?
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