Sandy Hook families accuse Alex Jones of delay tactic in defamation lawsuit
NEWTOWN - Eight Sandy Hook families suing conspiracy extremist Alex Jones for defamation are accusing the Texas-based Infowars host of “stalling” by asking the case to be moved to federal court.
Jones, who says he no longer believes the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a “hoax” and “fake” as he said on his broadcast in 2014, has been arguing through his attorneys in state Superior Court to block a request by the families to depose two employees of his internet-based business.
The families on Wednesday accused Jones of applying to have his case heard in U.S. District in Connecticut to avoid scrutiny.
“On the eve of being ordered to make both his accountant and executive assistant available for deposition, he filed a motion just a few minutes before midnight last night seeking to delay the process by moving the entire case to federal court, a known stalling tactic that Sandy Hook families have seen and defeated before in other high-profile cases,” said the families’ attorney, Chris Mattei, in a prepared statement. “Alex Jones is terrified that the depositions will reveal the truth about him and his business practices.”
Jones’ attorney Jay Wolman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
The latest development in the families’ two-year defamation case against Jones is not to be confused with a separate legal avenue Jones is pursuing with the United States Supreme Court. Another Jones attorney, Norm Pattis, is appealing sanctions upheld in Connecticut Supreme Court that state Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis imposed on Jones after he threatened the families’ attorney with a profane ‘blood on the streets’ rant in 2019.