For years Alex Jones claimed the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting was a hoax and railed against the families of those killed in the 2012 massacre. Sued for defamation in Texas, Jones "routinely" failed to defend himself or produce documents requested by the court, and a judge yesterday issued default verdicts in two cases. Jones is now liable for damages.
The ruling — which is often referred to in Texas as a "death penalty sanction" for a party unwilling to comply with court orders — is a rarity in the legal world. Jones, who is now on his seventh lawyer in these cases, had years to provide documentation requested by the court, including internal company emails.
HuffPost was the first to report the start of Jones' Sandy Hook legal woes in 2018 when parents Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa filed a defamation lawsuit related to Jones' continued lies that the 2012 school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead was a "false flag" hoax filled with "crisis actors."
Pozner and De La Rosa's 6-year-old son, Noah, was killed in the shooting. In the years since, the parents have dealt with continued harassment from those who followed Jones' lead and claimed the shooting was faked.
Jones's legal strategy is, essentially, that nothing will get him before it's all rendered moot by revolutionary chaos, or whatever.