While disgusting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been blessedly booted from Facebook, iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube his very bad year isn’t over yet. He’s also being sued for defamation by the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. Unfortunately, even without his social media platforms, he still poses a threat to them and the truth itself.
The Sandy Hook parents have already lived through the unimaginable—outliving a child murdered by a violent gunman. But rather than being left to grieve in peace, these parents have instead become the victims of a conspiracy-fueled smear campaign directed at them by Infowars founder Alex Jones.
Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa lost their six-year-old, Noah, in 2012 when Adam Lanza walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Netown, Connecticut and massacred 26 people, 20 of them children. Noah was the youngest victim.
After the shooting, a grief-weary Pozner would post videos of his late son on Facebook only to be greeted by comments like “Fake kid”, “Didn’t die,” and “F-cking liar.” The idea that the Sandy Hook shooting was a “false flag” operation and the murdered children were “crisis actors” originated with Alex Jones and Infowars and spread from there.
Pozner and De La Rosa have installed security systems and moved seven times in the past six years as a result of Infowars devotees harassing them and sending death threats. Every time the move, rabid stalkers find their address and the harassment begins anew. It’s so bad they can’t even visit their son’s grave.
The couple is now suing Alex Jones for defamation, along with several other Sandy Hook parents who have suffered similar harassment.
Jones, for his part, reverts to the “just asking questions” defense, or at least he did in his widely panned interview with Megyn Kelly. His lawyers have taken a different tack, arguing that no reasonable person could possibly believe the bullsh*t he shovels. (It’s similar to the legal strategy he tried in his failed bid to keep custody of his kids.)
Now, however, Jones legal team is trying a new legal strategy: intimidation. Jones’ attorneys are objecting to the couple’s affidavits they’ve filed attesting to the emotional distress the Infowars harassment has caused them, saying they haven’t provided their full addresses and dates of birth.
The couple’s attorney, Mark Bankston, is fighting back.
“There are obvious reasons why these Plaintiffs are extraordinarily hesitant about filing public documents containing their personal information, such as their address or date of birth, and they will not publish that information absent a legal obligation to do so,” Bankston’s response reads. “Information such as date of birth, addresses, etc., have been used in the past by InfoWars followers to locate and harass the Plaintiffs.”
When Huffington Post asked Jones’ attorney if he had considered that his motion would open the couple up to further harassment he hung up the phone.
h/t: Huffington Post