Alex Jones – Infowars Host Detained With Contempt Of Court For Skipping Sandy Hook Impeachment



<p>Alex Jones during his show on December 12, 2021</p>
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Alex Jones during his show on December 12, 2021

(The Alex Jones show)

The long-standing legal battle between far-right conspiracy theorist and Infowars presenter Alex Jones and the families of the victims killed in the Sandy Hook massacre continues today, with Mr Jones being held in contempt of court.

Mr Jones was found guilty of defamation in multiple lawsuits last year after falsely saying that the 2012 school shooting that left 26 people dead was “a giant hoax”. The cases now go to jury trial to determine the damage.

The legal proceeding came back into the limelight last week when Mr Jones twice failed to appear for a statement he had wanted to postpone because he was too ill to attend – despite continuing to host his Infowars show.

At issue in today’s virtual hearing — which took place at 2 p.m. EST — was the plaintiffs’ motion to contempt for Mr. Jones in court for evading impeachment.

Hours before the hearing, Mr. Jones offered to settle the matter through a “sincere apology” and a $120,000 payout per plaintiff. That offer was rejected by the families.

Judge Barbara Bellis today found him contemptuous and fined him $25,000 a day until he is imprisoned in Connecticut for two days, after which the fines will be refunded.

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Alex Jones prepares for virtual hearing on motion to keep him scornful

Alex Jones is scheduled to appear at a virtual hearing today at 2 p.m. EST regarding a motion to hold him in contempt of court for skipping a statement twice last week.

Two days before he was due to testify under oath on March 23 last week, Mr. Jones’ lawyers made a last-ditch effort to delay it by claiming he was too ill to attend due to undisclosed “medical conditions.” and that doctors had advised him to stay at home.

A judge turned down the requests, in part because he was seemingly well enough to air his hour-long show — leaving his home at least once to travel to his studio to film it.

Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Barbara Bellis will hear arguments on that motion during today’s hearing.

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Jones extends settlement offer at 11 a.m.

Hours before today’s scheduled court hearing, Mr. Jones made an offer to settle the libel cases with a “sincere apology” and a $120,000 payout to each plaintiff.

“It is time for the trial to end,” Mr Jones’ attorney Norm Pattis told Law&Crime. “The shooting happened almost 10 years ago.”

Lawyers for the families quickly turned down the offer, telling the Associated Press on Tuesday that the settlement was a “transparent and desperate attempt by Alex Jones to escape public swearing by his deceitful, profit-driven campaign against the plaintiffs and the memory of their loved ones lost at Sandy Hook.”

The Independent’s Josh Marcus has more:

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Jones’ lawyers say impeachment would be ‘debilitating’

Jones’ attorneys argued for why he should not be held in contempt in a March 28 lawsuit, arguing that sitting for the impeachment would cause him “significant stress” and accused the plaintiffs of “openly” asking of the judge to dismiss his doctors.

Mr Jones’ lawyer Norman Pattis cited the coronavirus pandemic to emphasize the importance of doctors’ confidence – something Mr Jones has struggled with in the past when he repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the virus and questioned the reliability of vaccines in his Infowars show.

“Here the plaintiffs have shamelessly asked the Court to substitute its judgment for that of Mr Jones’ doctors. They have publicly made a pseudo-macho challenge regarding Mr Jones’ courage in the media who has tarnished this lawsuit, publicly accusing him of cowardice for ultimately listening to his doctors.”

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:

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Jones hits back at calls for his arrest

Mr Jones defended himself against the plaintiffs’ attempts to have him arrested in a pre-recorded video posted to his Infowars website last Thursday – the same day he said he was too unwell to attend the second affidavit.

Titled “Sandy Hook Mafia Calls For Arrest Of Alex Jones: Legendary Talk Show Host Responds,” he claimed he was treated worse than death row inmates.

“Someone on death row may get medical treatment and hearings and things postponed, but I am treated worse than someone on death row,” he said.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp reports:

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Plaintiffs demand ‘punishments and sanctions’ against Jones

The plaintiffs have responded to Mr Jones’ response to the motion to contempt him in court for failing to appear at his statements.

The “Reply in support of motion to find civil contempt, issue orders to secure Alex Jones presence at impeachment, and issue further sanction orders,” begins:

Alex Jones’ strategy of obfuscation and delaying tactics is all too familiar territory by now. His refusal to provide fair evidence in this case has already severely biased and defaulted on the plaintiffs. His refusal to be impeached is a new version of the same evasive and unfair trial tactics. And again, his refusal to follow the rules of discovery defies the authority of the court, burdens the justice system, disadvantages the plaintiffs and benefits him and his co-defendant companies. Alex Jones despises the court and the court should introduce penalties and sanctions accordingly.

Read the full document here.

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ICYMI: Jones Says He’s Being Treated Worse Than People On Death Row

Alex Jones has claimed he is being treated “worse than someone on death row” in a video rant as he faces calls to be arrested for twice dodging a statement in a lawsuit over his false claims about the Sandy massacre hook.

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Hearing in session in Connecticut

The hearing is underway in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Since Judge Barbara Bellis is handling some household items, it is noteworthy that Mr. Jones is currently live on Infowars presenting his show.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 30, 2022 19:04

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Today’s argument deals only with sanctions sought by Sandy Hook plaintiffs for Alex Jones’ failure to appear on his scheduled statements.

The plaintiff’s attorney, Christopher Mattei, says they have no new evidence.

Mr. Jones’s attorney says they need more time to prepare.

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Counsel for the prosecution says the orders were clear and direct and that Mr. Jones and his counsel were aware of the statements and that he chose not to attend as a sign of willful resistance.

Mr Jones also broadcast, apparently contrary to the instructions of his alleged doctor.

Counsel for the prosecution wants the court to set conditions to force him to sit down for a statement. This may include incarceration or fines for non-appearance or refusal to comply with a court order to be impeached.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 30, 2022 19:17

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Cameron Atkinson, Mr. Jones’ attorney, says his client’s doctor thought his situation was so serious that he had to go to the emergency room.

No evidence appears to have been submitted to support this claim, as Judge Bellis points out.

Mr Atkinson says he doesn’t think his client should be scorned, but asks if if he is, an arrest warrant shouldn’t be issued given his client’s health concerns should they worsen.

He reiterates that his client acknowledges that he should be in this case for a statement.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 30, 2022 19:28

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