Alex Jones arrives on the court docket home as he faces a second defamation trial over Sandy Hook claims in Waterbury, Connecticut, September 22, 2022.
Michelle McLoughlin | Reuters
Infowars host Alex Jones filed for private chapter safety on Friday on the heels of a Connecticut jury and choose ordering him to pay $1.44 billion in damages to family of the Sandy Hook Elementary faculty capturing bloodbath victims, a brand new court docket submitting exhibits.
An lawyer for Sandy Hook households later informed CNBC that Jones’s transfer is not going to protect his belongings from the authorized damages imposed on him for making false claims that the capturing that killed 20 first-graders and 6 adults was a hoax.
Jones filed a voluntary petition beneath Chapter 11 in U.S. Chapter Court docket for the Southern District of Texas, court docket data present.
In that submitting, the infamous conspiracy theorist estimates his liabilities to be between $1 billion and $10 billion, in opposition to belongings of between $1 million and $10 million.
He additionally estimates he has between 50 and 99 collectors.
The collectors recognized by title within the chapter submitting embrace mother and father of kids murdered on Dec. 14, 2012, on the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary faculty, who had sued him efficiently for defamation, in addition to an FBI agent who responded to the scene of the bloodbath.
The biggest unsecured creditor within the submitting was Robbie Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie was killed that day. Parker, who was awarded $120 million in damages from Jones, was accused with others by Jones of being “disaster actors” who participated in a conspiracy to stage the capturing.
An lawyer for the Sandy Hook households informed CNBC in an e-mail, “Like each different cowardly transfer Alex Jones has made, this chapter is not going to work.”
“The chapter system doesn’t shield anybody who engages in intentional and egregious assaults on others, as Mr. Jones did,” stated Chris Mattei, a lawyer with the agency Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder.
“The American judicial system will maintain Alex Jones accountable, and we are going to by no means cease working to implement the jury’s verdict,” Mattei stated.
A Connecticut jury in October ordered Jones to pay almost $1 billion in damages to Sandy Hook family. The choose in that case added $473 million in punitive damages to that invoice the next month.
Jones’ firm, Free Speech Methods Inc., filed for chapter safety in July. That submitting got here weeks earlier than one other civil jury in Texas awarded damages of $50 million from Jones and his firm to the mom of a kid murdered at Sandy Hook.
Kin of Sandy Hook victims have stated the harassment they acquired on the heels of the capturing by individuals who believed the bloodbath was a hoax has continued till this yr.
On Thursday, Jones carried out an interview with Ye, the rapper previously often known as Kanye West. Throughout that Infowars seems, Ye made a sequence of antisemitic feedback, praised Nazi chief Adolf Hitler and talked about his latest dinner with former President Donald Trump and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.