Infowars host Alex Jones on Thursday dismissed a Connecticut judge’s order to show up for a statement in a case brought by relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting who had accused Jones of acting, according to the families’ attorney. was sued for making the massacre a hoax.
It was the second day in a row that Jones did not appear for the statement in Austin, Texas, which was due on Wednesday and Thursday. It was not immediately clear what punishment he could face.
Jones’ attorney, Norman Pattis, said Thursday that Jones was following his doctor’s guidance not to attend court proceedings because of unknown medical conditions.
“Mr. Jones was given conflicting imperatives: His physician told him to stay at home; a judge asked him to go in for a statement,” Pattis wrote in an email to the Associated Press. “He is following the advice of his doctor. I suspect that most sane people will do what Mr Jones has done.”
But Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis on Wednesday rejected Pattis’ request to delay the proceedings and ordered Jones to appear on Thursday. Bayliss wrote in a ruling that letters from Jones’ doctors indicated that his medical conditions were not serious enough to prevent him from attending the statement. Bayliss said Jones was not hospitalized and appeared on his web show earlier this week.
Bayliss warned Jones that he would be in contempt of his order if he failed to show up on Thursday, and said lawyers for the families could request sanctions against him and attempt to subpoena him in Texas. .
bellis found Jones liable A trial on how much he should pay families for damages in November is due to begin in August.
Twenty-one graders and six teachers were killed in the 2012 shooting. An FBI agent who responded to the families and school of eight of the victims sued Jones, InfoWars, and others, saying they had received harassment and death threats from Jones’ followers because of a fraudulent conspiracy. Jones has since said that he believes the shooting took place.
Christopher Mattei, attorney for the Sandy Hook families, said Jones did not appear for a statement Thursday. He did not immediately say what the families’ next legal steps are. He had previously said that the family would seek a subpoena to compel Jones to appear on his statement.
Also on Wednesday, Bayliss declined a request from the families to arrest Jones and was brought into statement after failing to appear on Thursday.
Pattis filed new court documents Wednesday that included letters from two doctors who said they advised Jones not to attend the statement because of her medical conditions. Pattis wrote that Jones’ doctors were so intrigued by Jones’ comments on Monday that they advised her to go to the emergency room or call 911. Jones refused and his doctor advised him to stay at home, Pattis said.
However, on Tuesday, Jones broadcast his daily website show at InfoWars Studios in Austin, his lawyers said. He did not appear on the show in person on Wednesday, but did provide commentary by phone for parts of the program, including pre-recorded segments.
Jones had an exam by another doctor and medical tests on Wednesday, Pattis said. The doctor, Amy Offt, wrote in a letter that she examined Jones for “acute medical issues that were time-sensitive and potentially serious” and that laboratory tests were pending.