Sandy Hook families want to question Alex Jones in court
NEWTOWN — For years following the massacre of 26 first-graders and educators at Sandy Hook School, extremist media figure Alex Jones questioned whether one of the worst crimes in Connecticut history actually happened.
Now some of the families that lost loved ones in the 2012 massacre would like the right to question Jones.
Lawyers for families of eight victims who filed defamation lawsuits against Jones and his Texas-based internet business have asked a judge for permission to interview Jones under oath as part of the pre-trial phase.
A state Superior Court judge in Bridgeport could rule at a hearing on Thursday whether to grant the familes’ request.
The families and an FBI agent who investigated the massacre are claiming defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress against Jones, who has been labeled a conspiracy profiteer by one of the families’ attorneys.
Jones’ attorney has already moved to have the lawsuits dismissed.
On Monday, Jones’ attorney argued in court papers that the families’ request to depose Jones is only meant to “harass, burden, and oppress him.”
At the same time, Jones’ attorney has asked to have the cases moved as far away from Sandy Hook as possible, in the hopes of getting a fair trial.
The lawsuits are separate from three other defamation suits filed in Texas against Jones by parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook massacre. In January, a Texas judge ordered Jones to turn over marketing and business records to the parents.