Judge orders Alex Jones to pay $100000 in Sandy Hook case

Judge orders Alex Jones to pay $100000 in Sandy Hook case

A judge has ruled that Alex Jones, the host of the conspiracy radio show and website InfoWars, must pay $100,000 in legal fees accrued by the father of a Sandy Hook victim as part of a defamation lawsuit.

But this is just one of several defamation suits filed against Jones, who had repeatedly called the Sandy Hook shooting a "giant hoax" led by "crisis actors".

Judge Scott Jenkins of the Travis County District granted Heslin's motion for legal sanctions against Jones and InfoWars, ordering them to pay $65,825 for "intentionally disregarding" an October court order to provide the plaintiff with documents and witnesses, per the Daily Beast.

Heslin's 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis was killed in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. Lawyers for Heslin filed a motion for sanctions against Jones and InfoWars on December 9th, alleging that the defendants had not complied with court orders regarding document production and that InfoWars failed to provide a suitable corporate witness for the goal of depositions.

Heslin is one of a number of mourning parents who've sued Jones and InfoWars; others have sued in CT.

"In disobeying court orders, Mr. Jones has shown how desperate he is to ensure nobody finds out how Infowars really operates, or the lengths the company went to carry out its five-year campaign of malicious harassment against these parents", he said.

As a result Judge Jenkins said the defense's failure to cooperate "should be treated as contempt of court". The 20-year-old gunman, who also killed his mother at their Newtown home, fatally shot himself.

© Provided by The Daily Beast Drew Angerer/Getty Images This isn't the first time the Heslin lawsuit has embarrassed Jones and InfoWars.

In June, the father of six-year-old Noah Pozner, one of the Sandy Hook victims, won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened.

The families said they have been subjected to harassment and death threats from Jones' followers because of the hoax conspiracy.

In a December 9 motion for sanctions, Heslin's lawyers alleged that Jones and InfoWars had repeatedly flouted court rules in the case.

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