Infowars Host Liable for Damage in Three Defamation Lawsuits

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Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who claims the Sandy Hook shooting was not real loses lawsuit. Judge Maya Guerra Gamble entered default judgments against Jones, Infowars and other defendants for what she called their “flagrant bad faith and callous disregard” of court orders to turn over documents to the parents’ lawyers. The rulings were issued on Monday and released on Thursday.

The shooting took place at the Newtown, Connecticut, school on December 14, 2012 leaving 20 first-graders and six educators killed. Before going to the school to carry out this heinous act, the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, fatally shot his mother at their Newtown home. He killed himself as police arrived.

Jones portrayed the shooting on his Infowars show as a hoax involving actors aimed at increasing gun control. He has since acknowledged the school shooting did occur.

Families of some of the school shooting victims sued Jones, Infowars and others in courts in Texas and Connecticut over the hoax conspiracy, saying they have been subjected to harassment and death threats from Jones’ followers. The Connecticut cases remain pending.

The cases now head to trial for juries to determine the amount of damages Jones and the other defendants will have to pay the families.

– Ella Breedlove