Conspiracy theorist extraordinaire, Alex Jones, has been sanctioned by a judge to the tune of more than $100,000, in a lawsuit which has not yet even seated a jury or begun presenting evidence.
The suit was filed by the father of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre of December 14, 2012. Neil Heslin, father of six-year-old Jesse, has accused Jones and his now virtually defunct conspiracy central media organization “Infowars” of producing, publishing and disseminating lies; specifically, that the Sandy Hook killings were a staged hoax perpetrated by paid actors and the “liberal media.”
As reported by The Hill and the New York Times, Judge Scott Jenkins of Travis County District Court in Texas, ordered Jones and InfoWars to pay $65,825 in sanctions for violations of his discovery orders, and another $34,323.80 in attorneys’ fees for their open and flagrant disregard of court orders relative to the discovery process itself.
Again, Jones repeatedly claimed and argued on air that either the shootings/murders did not happen, or that if they did, it was a totally staged event designed to kick-start stricter gun control laws in Congress.
Jones went so far as to claim that the grieving parents of these children were paid “crisis actors.”
For example, in March of 2014, Jones “reported” that,
We’ve clearly got people where it’s actors playing different parts of different people… I’ve looked at it and undoubtedly there’s a cover-up, there’s actors, they’re manipulating, they’ve been caught lying and they were pre-planning before it and rolled out with it.
Yet, under oath and during questioning by Heslin’s attorneys, Jones admitted in a deposition that this statement was false and that the Sandy Hook massacre actually happened.
But! He also said that the “liberal media” made him do it — made him lie about Sandy Hook because “a form of psychosis” caused by the liberal media’s repeated dishonesty rendered him vulnerable and completely defenseless and utterly helpless in the face of their mind control techniques.
The Motion for Sanctions against Jones and Infowars was filed on December 9, 2019, alleging that the defendants had not complied with October court orders regarding document production; and that InfoWars did not provide a proper corporate witness for the purpose of depositions.
Heslin’s attorneys also alleged that InfoWars had failed to appropriately preserve internal “Slack” messages as had been ordered by the court, according to the Motion for Sanctions; and that the Infowars corporate witness (producer Rob Dew) did not have sufficient knowledge about the network’s coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting and therefore could not provide any insight as to the goings-on at Infowars relative to its Sandy Hooks shenanigans.
The judge agreed on all counts, and went further, saying that Jones’ and Infowars’ noncompliance with the discovery orders was willful and would “be treated as contempt of court.”
This was not Jones’ or his attorneys’ first conflict with this particular court in this case, however. They were previously sanctioned for earlier discovery violations, including when, in a clear attempt at either intimidation, ridicule, or both, Jones’ attorneys transmitted child pornography to attorneys for the plaintiffs!
In fact, twenty school children and six adults were murdered by twenty-year-old Adam Lanza. Lanza killed himself after the carnage.
Again, all of this is happening before the trial-in-chief actually begins.
Obviously, Alex Jones is desperate, and must certainly see — feel — the walls closing in on him. You see, because of his incessant and unsubstantiated claims and often bizarre antics, both he and Infowars have been permanently banned from Twitter, Apple, FaceBook, YouTube and Twitter-owned Periscope.
Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones and Infowars accounts
Twitter has permanently banned the accounts of right-wing conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones and InfoWars…
It is also worth noting that along with Fox News, Alex Jones has been one of Donald Trump’s favorite broadcasters and Infowars one of his favorite media outlets. Indeed, Jones often boasts about his “relationship” with Trump and vice versa. Trump, in fact, has appeared on Jones’ Infowars and repeatedly praised his “amazing reputation.”
Now that Trump has been impeached, perhaps it is time for Twitter to re-examine its position vis-a-vis his Twitter feed. After all, like Alex Jones, Trump has been documented as a proven liar some 15,000 times now. And much of his lying comes via the Twitter Machine.
Finally, if this pretrial ruling by Judge Jenkins is any kind of signal as to just exactly what he thinks of Jones and this case, then that $100,000 Jones has been forced to pay so far is merely an opening ante.