US Supreme Court denies Alex Jones appeal to overturn sanctions for threats against Sandy Hook families' lawyer

US Supreme Court denies Alex Jones appeal to overturn sanctions for threats against Sandy Hook families' lawyer
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Headshot of radio host Alex Jones in December 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' attempt to appeal sanctions enforced by the Connecticut Supreme Court for his verbal threats toward a lawyer representing the parents of Sandy Hook victims' families.

According to The Guardian, Jones' appeal was in reference to sanctions he is facing as a result of the defamation lawsuit filed against him on behalf of Sandy Hook victims' family members. The latest rejection is yet another on a growing list of losses for Jones. The conspiracy theorist is currently facing unfavorable rulings in multiple jurisdictions that could ultimately lead to numerous legal liabilities.

Eight families of Sandy Hook victims, along with an FBI agent who was dispatched to the scene of the shooting, filed the lawsuit against Jones.

John Koskoff, the attorney representing the families, released a statement applauding the denial of Jones' appeal as he described the sanctions as "well-deserved."

"The families are eager to resume their case and to hold Mr. Jones and his financial network accountable for their actions," Koskoff wrote in a statement. "From the beginning, our goal has been to prevent future victims of mass shootings from being preyed on by opportunists."

However, Jones' legal counsel had a completely different reaction to the rejection. In a statement to Law & Crime, Norman A. Pattis, an attorney representing Jones, expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court's ruling.

"Judge Bellis, and the Connecticut Supreme Court, asserted frightening and standardless power over the extrajudicial statements of litigants," Pattis told the publication via email. "Mr. Jones never threatened anyone; had he done so, he would have been charged with a crime. We are inching our way case-by-case toward a toothless, politically correct, First Amendment."

Correction: This story has been updated to remove an incorrect reference to a victim of the shooting. We regret the error.

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