The six families of victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have scored a legal win over InfoWars host Alex Jones in their defamation lawsuit.
Back in April 2018, the plaintiffs — who now include the parents of five students, and the family members of first-grade teacher Victoria Leigh Soto and Principal Dawn Hochsprung — filed a lawsuit against the controversial radio personality, who allegedly claimed the 2012 shooting was a hoax.
On Friday, a Connecticut judge granted the families’ discovery requests, which (among other things) allow them access to Infowars’ internal marketing and financial documents.
According to a statement from the plaintiff’s attorneys, the families allege a “years-long campaign of abusive and outrageous false statements in which Jones and the other defendants have developed, amplified and perpetuated claims that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged and that the 26 families who lost loved ones that day are paid actors who faked their relative’s deaths.”
Additionally, “Jones’ actions subjected the families and survivors of the Sandy Hook shooting to physical confrontations and harassment, death threats and personal attacks on social media.”
Chris Mattei, one of the attorneys representing the families, said in a statement:
“From the beginning, we have alleged that Alex Jones and his financial network trafficked in lies and hate in order to profit from the grief of Sandy Hook families. That is what we intend to prove, and today’s ruling advances that effort… We look forward to gaining access to Infowars’ internal marketing and financial documents to show that Jones has built an empire as nothing more than a conspiracy profiteer, as alleged in our complaint.”
On the flip side, Jones has sought to dismiss the lawsuit. His attorney, Jay M. Wolman, wrote in a motion:
“Plaintiffs suffered a horrible tragedy… Alex Jones and Infowars are not responsible for this tragedy. To punish them for First Amendment protected speech on this matter of public concern will not bring back the lives lost.”
The judge has scheduled a hearing next week to determine if the plaintiffs’ attorneys are allowed to depose Jones.
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