This week in Texas, Infowars host Alex Jones lost three defamation lawsuits filed by the parents of victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, according to court documents unsealed this week.
The Huffington Post reported that on Friday, Travis County Judge Maya Guerra Gamble issued a default judgment against Jones, 47, and Infowars — and in favor of Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was killed along with 25 others in the 2012 school shooting.
On Monday, Gamble also issued default judgments in favor of Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis, and parents Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose 6-year-old son, Noah, was also killed in the Connecticut school shooting. The three defamation lawsuits against Jones were filed in 2018.
According to The Huffington Post, Gamble wrote that “an escalating series of judicial admonishments, monetary penalties, and non-dispositive sanctions have all been ineffective at deterring the abuse” and never resulted in Jones and Free Speech Systems (Infowars’ parent company) providing the requested documents. Their refusal to turn over those documents resulted in default judgments.
Over the years, the Pozners and other parents of Sandy Hook shooting victims have faced unfounded accusations, fanned by Jones and his cohorts, that they faked their children’s deaths. Specifically, Jones said on his platform that the 2012 mass shooting was a “false flag” operation committed by “crisis actors,” according to The Washington Post.
Online conspiracy theories surrounding the mass shooting have caused real-life turmoil for the victims’ families.
Jones still faces lawsuits from the families of six other Sandy Hook victims. A jury will determine damages in the three defamation cases Jones lost this week.
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