VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — The Sandy Hook families’ lawsuit against Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for calling the 2012 Newtown school shooting a hoax looks set to resume soon, on the basis of the agreements revealed Friday in the bankruptcy cases of some of Jones. companies.
Bankruptcy filings by Infowars, Prison Planet TV and IW Health last month delayed lawsuits in Texas and Connecticut. Jones has already lost the libel suits, and the filings came a week before a jury in Texas began considering how much money Jones should pay the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
On Friday, attorneys in the bankruptcy case said the families would be removed as creditors, and Infowars and Prison Planet TV would be removed as defendants in the Texas and Connecticut libel cases.
State affairs would then continue against Jones and his largest lucrative company, Free Speech Systems, neither of which filed for bankruptcy. It was not immediately clear when those cases would resume.
The lawyers’ comments came during a hearing in US bankruptcy court in Texas. Kyung Lee, an attorney for Jones’ companies, said the bankruptcy case will continue as they have other creditors.
A hearing, however, remains scheduled for May 27 to determine whether the bankruptcy case should be dismissed. The Sandy Hook families questioned the legitimacy of the filings, saying they were only meant to delay libel suits – Jones’ lawyers claim.
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killed 20 children and six educators.
The families of eight of the victims and an FBI agent who responded to the school sued Jones, Infowars and others, claiming they were harassed and threatened with death by Jones’ supporters because of the hoax plot . Jones has since said he believes the shooting took place.
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