Alex Jones, InfoWars host and conspiracy theorist, has been sanctioned by Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis after he allegedly threatened the lawyers who represent parents from the Sandy Hook tragedy.
According to The Hill, Judge Bellis sanctioned Jones a day after the lawyers filed a motion asking that the court take action in response to Jones’s threatening language. Bellis called Jones’s actions “indefensible,” “unconscionable,” and “possibly criminal behavior.” Bellis’s sanctions will prevent Jones’s lawyers from dismissing forward movement with the lawsuit.
The lawsuit began after Jones called the Sandy Hook shooting a “hoax.” The families of the victims sued Jones for defamation.
Jones recently said that he knows the shooting happened, but a “form of psychosis” made him wonder whether the shooting was staged.
On his show, InfoWars, Jones claimed that one lawyer, Chris Mattei, was attempting to set him up by putting child pornography in files Jones’s lawyers turned over.
“You’re trying to set me up with child porn, I’ll get your ass,” Jones said before continuing, “one million dollars, you little gang members. One million dollars to put your head on a pike.”
“We intend to file an appeal," Norm Pattis, Jones's lawyer, said in a statement to The Hill. "Alex threatened no one. He engaged in impassioned protected speech. He has been sanctioned in violation of his first amendment right to freedom of speech.”
According to Pattis, Jones “issued a public apology” for his comments concerning Mattei.
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