Judge Orders Alex Jones, Infowars To Pay $100,000 In Sandy Hook Legal Fees
A Texas judge has ordered Infowars founder Alex Jones to pay $100,000 in legal fees related to a defamation case brought against him by the father of a child who died during the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012.
According to The New York Times, Judge Scott Jenkins of Travis County District Court ruled on December 20 that “Jones and his lawyer intentionally disregarded an October court order to produce witnesses and other materials to the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Neil Heslin.”
Issuing two separate orders on the same day, Jenkins told Jones to pay $65,825 and $34,323 in lawyer fees Heslin incurred and also denied Jones’ motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.
“Mr. Jones is learning that he cannot treat the courts with the same contempt he showed my clients,” Mark Bankston, Heslin’s attorney, told The Times in an email Monday night.
Heslin’s son Jesse Lewis, 6, was killed in December 2012 during a “shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which a heavily-armed gunman killed 20 first graders and six educators before taking his own life.”
In the years since, Jones pushed the conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook shooting was a false flag event, staged by the government in an attempt to confiscate Americans’ firearms. He also accused parents who lost children in the tragedy of being “crisis actors.”
Heslin’s lawyer said he anticipates a trial in the defamation case to be scheduled before the end of next year, The Times reported.