Texas judge delays Sandy Hook trial after Alex Jones' companies filed for bankruptcy protection

By Oliver Darcy, NCS Business

A Texas judge on Wednesday postponed a trial that can decide how a lot right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the families of two Sandy Hook shooting victims. The trial had been set to start out subsequent week.

The delay got here after three companies tied to Jones, together with the perimeter media group Infowars, sought bankruptcy protection earlier in the week — a transfer that may briefly pause civil litigation towards companies.

Jones, who can be being sued by the households of Sandy Hook victims in Connecticut, was discovered legally accountable in October for false claims he made in regards to the tragedy that claimed 26 lives. The judge within the case, Travis County District Court Judge Maya Guerra Gamble, issued default judgments towards Jones as a result of he refused to adjust to courtroom orders.

Jones baselessly mentioned within the aftermath of the Sandy Hook taking pictures that the incident was staged. Facing lawsuits, Jones has since acknowledged the taking pictures occurred. He mentioned in a 2019 sworn deposition {that a} “form of psychosis” induced him minimize:[at the time] to make his false feedback.

When the three companies tied to Jones moved to hunt bankruptcy protection, Mark Bankston, the lawyer representing the mother and father of two Sandy Hook kids within the Texas lawsuit, instructed NCS he believed Jones’ transfer was a tactic and one that might finally fail.

“None of the Mr. Jones’ ridiculous tricks have worked in the past, and this one will fare no better,” Bankston mentioned.

Neither Bankston nor a consultant for Jones instantly responded to a request for remark Wednesday.

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