InfoWars conspiracy loon Alex Jones is swiftly learning that it’s really expensive to flout court rules as he continues to struggle against lawsuits filed against him by the parents of Sandy Hook children who were murdered in a mass shooting that Jones has frequently referred to as a hoax.
The 2012 mass shooting in Connecticut seven years ago took the lives of 26 people, including 20 children who will never grow up. Ever since, conservatives like Jones have constantly contended that the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was nothing more than a government hoax that employed “crisis actors” in an alleged effort to justify taking guns away from the American populace.
Of course, these conspiracy theories are totally unfounded and have caused the families of the dead even more pain as they are hounded and harassed because of Jones’ words.
But the parents have taken it upon themselves to fight back, filing lawsuits against Jones and InfoWars in Connecticut and Texas over these conspiracies. Thus far, none of the lawsuits have gone to court yet, and that’s because Jones has used every dirty trick to delay proceedings, including constantly changing his legal team and refusing to cooperate with court orders to provide documents and witnesses.
Well, Jones may think he’s clever and untouchable, but the judge is not amused, which is why the InfoWars host has been ordered to pay over $100,000 in court costs as a consequence for his defiance.
According to The Daily Beast:
On Dec. 20, Travis County Judge Scott Jenkins granted a motion for sanctions and legal expenses against Jones and InfoWars, ordering them to pay $65,825 for ignoring a court order about providing documents and witnesses. In another ruling issued that same day in Heslin’s case, Jenkins denied an InfoWars motion to dismiss the case and ordered Jones and InfoWars to pay an additional $34,323.80, for a combined total of $100,148.80 levied against Jones and InfoWars in a single day.
That’s a lot of money to pay out even before any trials have begun. If the Sandy Hook families win their cases, Alex Jones could be on the hook for financial losses that could ruin him and shutter his operation.
Attorney Mark Bankston, who represents Neil Heslin, whose six-year-old son was killed during the shooting, noted that Jones brought this all on himself.
“It’s hardly a surprise that someone like Alex Jones would soon find himself in contempt of court, but now he is learning there are severe consequences to his utter disrespect for this process,” Bankston wrote. “If Mr. Jones had simply accepted responsibility for his reckless lies and years of illegal harassment, this all could have been avoided. Instead, Mr. Jones seems to prefer exiting into the dustbin of history in the most expensive and embarrassing way possible.”
Alex Jones apparently has as little respect for the courts and subpoenas as President Donald Trump does. That’s why one of the two articles of impeachment charges him with obstruction of Congress. And it’s now why Jones is taking a hit in his wallet.
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