Austin, Texas. Litigation pending $150 million and two more litigation for damages for family slander of people killed in 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Friday brought his Infowars empire into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Last year, Mr. Jones lost four defamation lawsuits filed by families of ten people killed in December 14, 2012, elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Shortly after the shooting, he began spreading the false story that the shooting was staged. government as an excuse for the confiscation of Americans’ firearms, and that the families were complicit in plot. Families have suffered for years of torment from people who believe those false claims.
judges in Texas and Connecticut found Mr. Jones guilty by default for contrary to court rulings. Losses set scene for three jury trials for damage. first trial has begun in Austin last a week. It features Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis, age 6, died in massacre, demanded $150 million in damages plus penalties. Mr. Jones and his friend Owen Schroyer implied on Infowars that Mr. Heslin’s memories of holding it son soon after it murder was a lie.
Friday Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of The Travis County District Court ordered the trial to continue until a verdict was issued despite filing for bankruptcy, which would otherwise have resulted in the trial being dismissed.
Lawyers for Families say filing for bankruptcy is another gambit to delay lawsuits for damages. in two remaining cases: one in Texas won Lenny Posner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose son Noah Posner died at Sandy Hook; and second won in Connecticut families of eight victims of Sandy Hook. The rest of the trials were scheduled for September, with jury selection in Connecticut case set to begin next a week.
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“Just two days before the jury selection happens due to begin in Connecticut, Mr. Jones once again fled like coward before bankruptcy court in an obvious attempt to drag facing families he has hurt for years.” —Chris Mattei, Attorney for Sandy Hook family in Connecticut case, said in statement.
“These families,” he said in a statement. on”to have an endless well of patience and remain determined to bring Mr. Jones to justice in Connecticut court.
The bankruptcy filing was in title of Free speech systems, information wars parent Company. The petition says that Free Speech Systems has $14 million. in assets and $79 million in obligations. On his list of creditors, the company names several individuals and companies with lawsuits against Mr. Jones and Infowars, including for slander.
Mr Jones raised millions from him followers for its legal defense pleading for them help on his radio and online show. Contributions include an anonymous donation of $8 million in the cryptocurrency Mr. Jones said last the week he had already spent. Information wars says he spent $15 million on legal accounts in the Sandy Hook case, according to filings on Friday.
Eric Taube, Texas lawyer who helped create network of Infowars companies, which Sandy Hook family lawyers say are critical to Mr Jones’s defense. business from jury verdicts declined to comment on Saturday.