Alex Jones faces fines for skipping Sandy Hook impeachment

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut judge said Wednesday that Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will be fined $25,000 to $50,000 a weekday until he appears to testify in a lawsuit filed by relatives of some of the Sandy’s victims. Shooting Hook Elementary School.

Jones’ testimony is being sought ahead of a trial to determine how much he should pay in damages to the families for pushing a conspiracy theory that the massacre never happened

Jones cited a health issue last week when he defied an order from Judge Barbara Bellis to attend a statement. Bellis said there was not enough evidence that Jones was too ill to attend and found him contemptuous in court.

Bellis also ruled that the statement will now be held at the attorneys’ offices for the families in Bridgeport, Connecticut, rather than Texas, where Jones lives.

Jones’ lawyers said he had only missed the statements because of the advice of his doctors and had always intended to attend the procedure. They said he would be available for impeachment next April 11.

The December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, killed 20 first-graders and six teachers. The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed his mother at their Newtown home before the shooting, and committed suicide at the school when police arrived, officials said.

The families of eight of the victims and an FBI agent who responded to the school have sued Jones, Infowars and others in Connecticut over the hoax conspiracy. Jones has since said he believes the shooting took place.

Plaintiffs rejected an offer from Jones on Tuesday to settle with them for $120,000 each.

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