I said the same thing, consistently, from the point where Alex Jones was initially charged with “defamation” for calling the Sandy Hoaxsters “liars” – if calling someone a liar can be “defamation,” then there is no way to win such a case.
No way to win. No possible win. The case was over before it started when the court allowed charges of defamation to be brought for calling someone a liar.
Defamation cases are notoriously hard to win, especially when you are a public figure, as the Sandy Hoaxers were. A mentally ill blogger writing for The Atlantic magazine accused me of being a pedophile and a homosexual – this was printed in a mainstream magazine, with my face on the cover. I talked to lawyers about a defamation suit, and it was determined that it was just a complete waste of time. You can also consider Johnny Depp, where it was proven that:
- His wife lied about domestic abuse
- She literally used her makeup artist to fake bruises
- These lies cost Johnny tens of millions of dollars
And he still lost the case.
But in the Jones case, it was so straightforward, that it was absurd to imagine he could win – the only question was “did he say they were lying?” There was never any question as to whether he said that, so there was never really any contest.
This is an incredible attack on free speech, which will have an extreme chilling effect. However, it doesn’t really matter, since any speech that would be chilled is already banned in America.
Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was found liable Monday for damages in lawsuits brought by parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting over Jones’ claims that the massacre was a hoax.
Judge Barbara Bellis took the rare step of defaulting Jones in the defamation lawsuits for his and his companies’ “failure to produce critical material information that the plaintiffs needed to prove their claims.” The default means the judge found in favor of the parents and will hold a hearing on how much damages he should pay.
Lawyers for the parents claimed Jones and his companies, including Infowars and Free Speech Systems, violated court rules by failing to turn over documents to them, including internal company documents showing how, and if, Jones and Infowars profited from talking about the school shooting and other mass shootings.
A message seeking comment was sent to Jones’ lawyers. They have denied violating court rules on document disclosure and have asked that Bellis be removed from the case, alleging she has not been impartial.
Shortly after the judge’s decision, Jones went on the air on his show deriding the legal process surrounding the case.
“These individuals, again, are not allowing me to have a jury trial because they know the things they said I supposedly did didn’t happen,” he said. “They know they don’t have a case for damages. And so the judge is saying you are guilty of damages, now a jury decides how guilty you are. It’s not guilty until proven guilty.”
The ruling has the same outcome as a jury determining the case in favor of the families. The jury will now determine the damages.
Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed in the December 2012 shooting. The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed his mother at their Newtown home before the shooting, and killed himself at the school as police arrived, officials said.
The shooting was portrayed on Jones’ Infowars show as a hoax involving actors aimed at increasing gun control. Jones has since acknowledged the school shooting did occur.
Families of the victims said they have been subjected to harassment and death threats from Jones’ followers because of the hoax conspiracy pushed on Infowars. They sued Jones and his companies for defamation and infliction of emotional distress. The hearing on damages before a jury is expected to be held next year.
“What’s clear from Judge Bellis’ ruling is that Alex Jones and the Jones defendants have engaged in a long, continuous course of misconduct in this case designed to prevent the plaintiffs from getting evidence about Mr. Jones’ business and about his motives for publishing lies about them and their families,” said Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for relatives of eight of the victims who sued Jones in Connecticut.
Messages were left for parents of some of the children killed in the shooting.
They’re mostly Jews, actually.
And the kids are obviously not dead.
This is a sham and a hoax and there is no justice in America.
People need to realize that: Kyle Rittenhouse is getting away clean ONLY because he happened to roll a perfect 2d6.
It’s not likely.