The Supreme Court docket on Monday declined to listen to an charm by Infowars host Alex Jones in a defamation lawsuit that became once filed against him by relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook taking pictures.
The court docket did not issue a reason in the again of the dismissal, writing (pdf) in an characterize: “The petitions for writs of certiorari are denied.”
Jones’ felony unswerving, Norman Pattis, acknowledged the court docket’s decision on Monday is “a disappointment,” reported The Related Press.
“Establish Bellis, and the Connecticut Supreme Court docket, asserted upsetting and standardless energy over the extrajudicial statements of litigants,” he added. “Mr. Jones never threatened any individual; had he completed so, he would hang been charged with a crime. We are inching our plot case-by-case toward a toothless, politically just, First Modification.”
Jones became once penalized in 2019 by a trial court docket preserve for comments made on his internet page showcase against an felony unswerving for the relatives and for allegedly violating assorted orders to expose over paperwork to the families’ attorneys. Establish Barbara Bellis barred Jones from filing a motion to brush off the case, which stays pending, and acknowledged she would characterize Jones to pay one of the families’ ideal expenses.
The Austin, Texas-basically based host previously argued that he shouldn’t be sanctioned for exercising his First Modification rights.
It got right here after the families of the Sandy Hook victims and an FBI agent filed a suit against Jones and his showcase for making assertions that it became once a hoax.
Since then, Jones has acknowledged he believed the 2012 taking pictures in Newton, Connecticut, in point of fact came about.
On Monday, a felony unswerving for the Sandy Hook families praised the Supreme Court docket’s decision.
“The families are desirous to resume their case and to retain Mr. Jones and his monetary network guilty for his or her actions,” Joshua Koskoff, a felony unswerving for the Sandy Hook families, told AP. “From the starting keep, our neutral has been to forestall future victims of mass shootings from being preyed on by opportunists,” he added.
Earlier this yr, the Texas Supreme Court docket rejected Jones’ build a query to to toss the court docket cases. The rulings, issued in January, got right here with out comment.
Jones in 2019 became once also ordered by a Texas preserve to pay $100,000 in ideal expenses and refused to brush off the suit. A Wisconsin jury also awarded $450,000 to in point of fact apt one of many Sandy Hook of us in a lawsuit against assorted writers—not Jones—who acknowledged the taking pictures never came about.
The Sandy Hook families are suing Jones, Infowars, and several others for defamation and infliction of emotional damage, and so they are searching for undisclosed damages.
The Epoch Times has contacted Pattis for comment.
The case is 20-1135 JONES, ALEX E., ET AL. V. LAFFERTY, ERICA, ET AL.
The Related Press contributed to this listing.