There was more litigation news on Monday having to do with Alex Jones, the right wing POS super-prick who, among other things, claimed that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a “false flag” operation intended to derogate people’s Second Amendment rights.
He went so far as to accuse Leonard Pozner, the father of one of the victims, of being a “crisis actor,” requiring Pozner to move several times to avoid harassment and death threats from followers of Jones who believe the accusations.
Well, some of those parents finally sued Jones for defamation — I have no idea why this took so long, as this was just a set of cases crying out to be filed — and those cases are now coming back to haunt Jones. Under the law of defamation in the United States you cannot publish information which is “wholly and patently false” or that it was published “with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.” In addition, the parents of the murdered Sandy Hook children are not “public figures,” with respect to whom there is a much greater degree of liberty about what may be published.
Well this prick, Alex Jones, isn’t even losing the cases on the merits (although he most certainly would). He’s losing them because he is refusing to cooperate with discovery requests, which is requiring the courts to do something they almost never do: to default the defendant.
I mean, you really have to piss off the courts for them to default for failing to comply with discovery requests.
And this didn’t just happen in one jurisdiction. No, it happened in two: first in Texas, and now in Connecticut.
In an effort to avoid liability, Jones has, at various points in his career, claimed to be a “performance artist” and therefore (I guess) not responsible for what he says. (Too bad that’s not a defense to libel in the United States.)
I can only hope that when it comes to damages, that the courts bleed this prick dry. I hope he ends up in bankruptcy court and loses all the money he ever earned. Nothing less would be just.