Alex Jones fails to show up for Sandy Hook deposition

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Wednesday asked a judge to order Infowars host Alex Jones to appear for a deposition and have him arrested. if he doesn’t, after Jones fails to show up for the proceedings after citing undisclosed medical conditions.

Jones was scheduled to testify in deposition Wednesday and Thursday in Austin, Texas, where Infowars is based, in the relatives’ defamation lawsuit against him for calling the 2012 school massacre a hoax. A judge found Jones liable for the damages in November and a trial over how much he should pay the families is set to begin in August.

Christopher Mattei, an attorney for the relatives, said in a court filing that Jones did not show up Wednesday. Mattei asked a Connecticut judge for an emergency order requiring Jones to appear for deposition on Thursday and ordering him to be arrested and brought to testify if he does not appear again.

In an email to The Associated Press, Mattei said Judge Barbara Bellis ordered Jones to submit to questioning on Thursday and asked attorneys to submit briefs on whether she could issue a warrant. stop if he no longer shows up.

Jones’ attorney, Norman Pattis, said in a statement Wednesday that Jones was at “a medical appointment.”

On Tuesday, Pattis requested in a court filing that the deposition be postponed because Jones was under a doctor’s care for undisclosed medical conditions that require “immediate and possibly urgent testing,” and the doctor’s opinion. was that Jones should not appear at the deposition. Bellis denied the request.

Jones, however, aired his daily show Tuesday from the Infowars studio in Austin, Smith confirmed in a court filing on Wednesday.

“The Court’s order in this case that a served deposition will proceed, and its denial of Mr. Jones’ motion … constitute orders to appear for deposition, which Mr. Jones has flouted,” Mattei wrote in a statement. court filing on Wednesday. “The Court has the power under the Connecticut Practice Book and the inherent power to enforce its own orders.”

Twenty first graders and six educators were killed in the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The families of eight of the victims and an FBI agent who responded to the school sued Jones, Infowars and others, claiming they were harassed and threatened with death by Jones’ supporters over the hoax plot .




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