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.”
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