Justice isn’t dead for the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre. On Friday, Connecticut’s Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that Alex Jones, the infamous conspiracy theorist who falsely claimed the shooting was an elaborate government hoax, must allow the families access to internal documents from his InfoWars studio in their defamation lawsuit.
Following objections by Jones and his several affiliated companies, the judge ultimately decided that Jones must present all documents requested by the plaintiffs during the “discovery phase” of the trial. The legal victory serves a serious blow to the online trade of pervasive conspriacy theorist from which InfoWars garnered their cult success, allowing the victims the chance to review letters, memos, emails and text messages confirming the business and marketing strategies of the brand and their coverage of the shooting, according to a statement published by The New York Times.
The InfoWars coverage was undeniably a rambled mess involving accusations of underaged crisis actors, government operatives, unspecified hush money payments to the families and a secret plot to “take the guns” and put innocent right-wing Americans “into FEMA camps”. In reality, Jones’ humorous ramblings smeared the names of five children and three adults murdered by a gunman wielding the poorly stored rifle of his mother and their grieving kin. Speaking to an audience of over 3 million YouTube subscribers at the time, the baseless rants soon resulted in continued “physical confrontation, harassment, death threats, and a sustained barrage of harassment and verbal assault on social media” from his audience.
“They have confronted strange individuals videotaping them and their children. Some have moved to undisclosed locations to avoid this harassment,” the suit reads. “From the beginning, we have alleged that Alex Jones and his financial network trafficked in lies and hate in order to profit from the grief of Sandy Hook families,” added Chris Mattei, a lawyer representing the families, in another statement provided on Friday. “That is what we intend to prove, and today’s ruling advances our effort.”
To put it mildly, the humble water-filter merchant’s jig is up. The suit argues the company’s peddling of outlandishly bogus stories, presented by an admitted over-the-top fake persona embodied by Jones, lead to noteworthy rises in sales from their exaggerated product line which includes survivalist gear, debunked (and sometimes dangerously unregulated) dietary supplements and, of course, firearm equipment. After all, who better to use as gun market exploitation than the very victims of their chaotic use?
Despite the loony presentation of Jones, immoral conspiracy isn’t exactly a foolish business strategy. According to a Times investigation conducted over the last year, the revenue of the Infowars often came from the products being lobbied across the broadcasts. Understand that while Jones whored his product line towards his red-blooded-Republican base during the breaks, the main event would craft absurdist supply-demand narratives where it’s time to nut and load up or face death by the hand of vampire pedophile Democrats which ultimately cultivated an income of more than $20 million a year in profits, according to Jones in an unrelated court case.
“If they want a stage to dispute the hoax theory, they have numerous media outlets to choose from; the judicial system is not that stage,” said Marc Randazza, a lawyer for Jones, who released a motion during the week standing on First Amendment grounds. “The only thing this litigation can accomplish is to force defendants to expend unnecessary fees in defence of their right to freedom of speech. The allegation that he somehow spun up a harassment campaign against the parents is a lie.”
This is considerably ironic given the whole scandal surrounds the racket of selling lies for millions on cheap products. The defamation lawsuit even specifically states what Jones pushed was a “monstrous, unspeakable lie” against multiple characters for not just an incoherent political agenda, but easy personal enrichment deemed illegal. In our previous article, we warned readers not to mistake Jones’ numerous defamation scandals as issues of freedom of speech given his notorious record of unverifiable stats, falsely attributed motivations and outright character assassination resulting in harassment campaigns with real-world consequences.
Now, thanks to this ruling, the victims will seek justice for his perversion of the necessary free press. In addition to this defamation suit, Jones continues to face another from other Sandy Hook parents based in Texas — where Jones runs his studio operations — which could result in the same decision. We’ve also described the case from Brennan Gilmore, the government worker targeted after video captured him when neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. drove into a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the time, Jones accused the man of receiving thousands of dollars on the payroll of overexaggerated neo-liberal billionaire George Soros. Just like all of Jones’ lies, it was both unsubstantiated and, now, an unmarketable model of failure.
A word of alternative advice for Mr. Jones: McDonalds is always hiring.
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