Jones wants Sandy Hook’s “Hoax” jury to hear his defenses | Connecticut News

WATERBURY, Connecticut (AP) – Lawyers for Infowars host Alex Jones try to make his free speech defense and other claims before a jury to argue he is not responsible for damages for calling the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School filming a hoax years ago. .

The effort comes despite a Connecticut judge who this month ruled Jones was liable by default in a libel lawsuit brought by relatives of some of the victims, saying he repeatedly failed to hand over certain documents, including financial records. A hearing on the amount of damages is scheduled for next August before a jury.

Defendants who are found liable by default in a lawsuit are not allowed to present their arguments against liability in damages hearings unless they have filed a “notice of defense”, which Jones and his lawyers did last Wednesday.

Lawyers for the Sandy Hook families, however, plan to argue that the jury should not hear Jones’ defenses because the default ruling was disciplinary, Christopher Mattei, the family’s lawyer, said on Monday in an interview after a hearing before the court in the case. He said he thinks Jones lost the right to make his case when he defaulted.

Judge Barbara Bellis on Monday ordered both parties to submit briefs on the matter. Jones’ lawyers also plan to appeal the default decision.

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Among Jones’ arguments is the fact that his comments about the shooting were protected by the right to free speech and that there is not enough evidence to prove the defamation or inflicting intentionally emotional distress.

Twenty first graders and six educators were killed in the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, which was described on Jones’ Infowars show as a hoax involving actors aimed at increasing gun control. Jones now says he believes the shooting took place.

Families of the victims said they were harassed and threatened with death by Jones supporters due to the hoax plot.

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