Here are Alex Jones’ ongoing court cases
Families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims have accused Alex Jones of sending himself millions of dollars while going bankrupt, BNC News reports.
Why is it important: Jones has faced a number of legal challenges since being ordered to pay damages for spreading conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook shooting. At least one recent lawsuit stalled after Jones’ company, Free Speech Systems, filed for bankruptcy.
Driving the news: The families of nine victims have asked a federal judge to order Jones to revoke his rights to Free Speech Systems, the parent company of Jones’ website Infowars, according to NBC News.
- Jones “systematically transferred millions of dollars” to himself and his family despite filing for bankruptcy, according to the lawsuit, according to NBC.
- Jones “claims a massive, secured debt to an insider that was first documented as a loan when the Sandy Hook families secured key victories in Connecticut and Texas, but no records show that a actual debt existed before the Sandy Hook families were sued,” the families said, according to NBC News.
- The family asked the court to create a committee to investigate Jones and his finances.
The big picture: Jones has been facing a number of other legal challenges since a Texas jury ordered him to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages for calling the Sandy Hook a hoax.
Texas: A trial in Texas is set to begin in September as Jones was charged with defamation by another Sandy Hook victim, Reuters reports.
Connecticut: Jones will face trial in Connecticut after being found guilty of defaming the families of Sandy Hook victims, Reuters reports.
- The case was stayed and returned to federal bankruptcy court after Free Speech Systems filed for bankruptcy, Courthouse News reports.
- Russ Horton, a Texas attorney, said the lawsuit could potentially continue against Jones personally separated from Free Speech Systems, per AP.
- The bankruptcy court also now has the power to review Jones’ finances, Horton told AP.
Lawyers: The judge involved in the Connecticut case said Jones’ attorneys could face penalties for disclosing plaintiffs’ medical information without authorization, according to Reuters.
January 6: The Jan. 6 committee asked Jones to testify in its investigation, according to the Associated Press.
- A lawyer for Jones turned over two years of texts to the committee, saying Jones was “cooperating with the committee.” CNN reports.
Perjury: Jones could face a potential perjury charge, though it’s still unclear if that will happen since perjury prosecutions are rare, per Reuters.
- A trial attorney in Texas received files containing text messages from Jones. Jones previously said he couldn’t find any text about Sandy Hook on his phone, Reuters reports.