Oft-shirtless conspiracy-monger and homosexual amphibian expert Alex Jones is currently being sued for defamation by the mother and father of one of the children killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, who claim they’ve been continuously harassed by Jones’ tinfoil hat followers after the Infowars host’s relentless, baseless attempts to question whether the massacre was a staged hoax.
But now, as if capitalizing on the public grief of bereaved parents isn’t vile enough, Jones’ attorney in the suit is claiming that the law requires the plaintiffs—Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose six year old son Noah Pozner was killed in the shooting—to publicly divulge their personal information, including their addresses, in order for the defamation case to proceed.
“The declarations filed by Plaintiffs are neither affidavits nor are they proper declarations,” Jones’ lawyer, Mark Enoch, claimed in a court objection to the case obtained by HuffPost.
Pozner and De La Rosa, who have since divorced, have spent the past six years living with death threats and harassment fueled by Jones’ conspiracy-mongering, which has prompted them to move multiple times before finally ending up hundreds of miles away from the site where Noah is buried.
“I would love to go see my son’s grave and I don’t get to do that,” De La Rosa told the New York Times late last month. “But we made the right decision.”
Given the unimaginable circumstances in which Pozner and De La Rosa have lived over the past several years, it’s understandable why they wouldn’t want their personal information publicly filed as part of their suit. So why is Jones’ lawyer demanding it?
“They’re using an old, outdated law to intimidate these people and it’s just sick,” attorney Mark Bankston, who is representing the pair, told HuffPost. He added that Enoch’s filing was “tone deaf” at best.
Over the past week, various social media providers—including Facebook, YouTube, and Apple—have shuttered Jones’ accounts, citing his persistently toxic, factually incorrect, and oftentimes legally dubious antics. On Tuesday evening, however, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his decision not to ban Jones, saying he hadn’t “violated our rules.”
I’m sure Pozner, De La Rosa, and others who have been harmed by Jones over the years would disagree.