“Alex Jones, host of a radio show and publisher of InfoWars, firmly believes that the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was not a hoax,” wrote Attorney Jay Wolman in a legal filing. “As a proponent of free and open debate, he permitted others to state their opinions that it was a hoax and comment on the evidence in support of those opinions.”
Several family members of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims filed the defamation suit against Jones and his company Infowars in May 2018. The lawsuit alleges that Jones insisted the shooting was a “false flag” operation and parents were “crisis actors.”
Several family members have been subject to death threats and other extreme harassment after the 2012 shooting which claimed the lives of 20 children and six educators.
Wolman pointed to the reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to back up his claim.
” Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein relied on allegations from “Deep Throat” to link the Nixon Administration to the Watergate break-in,” Wolman wrote. “Such journalism, questioning official narratives, would be chilled if reporters were subject to liability if they turned out to be wrong.”
Jones only referred to the shooting as fake and a hoax in a December 2014 program, Wolman wrote.
“However, Mr. Jones has come to the conclusion that the shooting happened,” Wolman wrote. “He has said so many times since then.”
The lawsuit has taken some strange twists and turns since it was filed in 2018.
Jones landed in trouble with the court after he went into an on-air rant where he referenced opposing lawyer Chris Mattei and pounded on a picture of him during the broadcast. The rant came after it was learned that Jones’ legal team inadvertently forwarded child pornography images as part of a batch of 57,000 emails that were turned over as part of the legal discovery process. Jones claimed someone tried to set him up.
Jones’ lawyer at the time Norm Pattis appeared on the InfoWars show to say that the images were never opened and there is no evidence that the images were directly searched for and that law enforcement regarded Jones as a victim in the matter.
Lawyers with Koskoff Koskoff and Bieder firm representing the families took Jones’ statements as threats and asked the court to intervene.
Jones was sanctioned by the court and the sanction was upheld by the state Supreme Court.