Alex Jones, who was sued by families of the Sandy Hook Massacre just lost a bid to overturn sanctions against him related to the case. The United States Supreme Court has affirmed the decision made by the Connecticut Supreme Court.The InfoWars radio host has consistently lost court cases. During the Sandy Hook case, Jones was accused of making threats against Connecticut District Attorney Chris Mattei.
In one broadcast of his show, Jones held up a picture of Mattei and punched it. “Oh, nice little Chris Mattei. What a good American. What a good boy,” he told listeners, “You think you’ll put on me—anyways, I’m done. Total war. You want it? You got it. I’m not into kids like your Democratic party, you cocksuckers.” The judge sanctioned Jones for harassing an intimidating Mattei due to that broadcast, and for his refusal to produce documents in discovery.
“Judge Bellis, and the Connecticut Supreme Court, asserted frightening and standardless power over the extrajudicial statements of litigants,” said Jones’ lawyer Norman A. Pattis said about his losing effort. “Mr. Jones never threatened anyone; had he done so, he would have been charged with a crime. We are inching our way case-by-case toward a toothless, politically correct, First Amendment.”
The Sandy Hook families suing Jones, however, were quite pleased. “The families are eager to resume their case and to hold Mr. Jones and his financial network accountable for their actions,” said Josh Koskoff, the attorney for the families. “From the beginning, our goal has been to prevent future victims of mass shootings from being preyed on by opportunists.”
As a result of this ruling, Alex Jones will be unable to pursue a special motion to dismiss the case against him which would otherwise be one of his best ways of avoiding a costly civil judgment if he loses at trial.
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