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Alex Jones found liable in Sandy Hook defamation lawsuits

By Brendan Morrow, The Week

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been found liable for damages over his false claims about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.

The far-right Infowars host, who was sued by families of Sandy Hook shooting victims, was found liable by default after he refused to turn over documents despite being ordered to by the courts, The New York Times and The Associated Press report.

Jones has falsely described the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which left 26 people dead, as a “giant hoax.” His legal team later said he “has come to the conclusion that the shooting happened” since then. Jones previously lost defamation lawsuits when he didn’t provide information to the court. Judge Barbara Bellis on Monday cited Jones’ “failure to produce critical material information that the plaintiffs needed to prove their claims” in making this latest ruling, per AP.

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