The New York Times reports notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim was denied in a ruling by a Texas judge on Thursday.
Jones famous accused the parents of Noah Pozner, a 6-year-old killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, of being actors. It’s also alleged that they received a number of death threats and years of harassment as a result.
Jones’ initial response to the defamation suit was to say that it would end in either prison or his death. That level of hyperbole is par for the Alex Jones course.
Jones said, “They physically, I can guarantee you, want to assassinate my character ahead of setting me up, putting me in prison, or having me killed,” Jones’ legal team requested not only to have the case dismissed, but to have the Pozner’s pay upwards of $100,000 in legal fees. Now, Jones have to go to trial and defend his position in court.
For years, the conspiracy theorist has spread false rumors that the Sandy Hook shooting was a staged government event part of an effort to abolish the second amendment, and that the shooting’s victims were “crisis actors.” That effort has since led to conspiracy theories involving “crisis actors” being floated after virtually every tragedy that reflects poorly on the special interests of the right — especially regarding guns.
Just hours after the Parkland massacre, internet forums were micro-analyzing footage of the traumatized children and grieving parents, and determining that it was all a hoax.