NEWTOWN – The parents of two slain Sandy Hook boys and a Norwalk native who won defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones in Texas have joined Newtown families who won a lawsuit in Connecticut to urge a federal judge to reject Jones’ bankruptcy filings.

In court papers filed a day after attorneys for the Sandy Hook, Connecticut families asked a federal judge to dismiss Jones’ “bad faith” bankruptcies, attorneys for four Sandy Hook parents and a man falsely accused of being the shooter of a high school massacre in Florida filed their own petition to dismiss Jones’ bankruptcies, arguing that “the purpose of the bankruptcy code is to provide a fresh start for the honest but unfortunate debtor, not to protect those who abuse the bankruptcy process to avoid paying their debts.”

“There are no honest debtors here, and there are certainly parties trying to abuse the bankruptcy process,” wrote attorneys for libel victims in Texas, where the first of three lawsuits in Damages were to begin on Monday before Jones filed for bankruptcy for three entities he controls. “The bankruptcy is nothing more than a transparent attempt to evade the impending jury trials and resulting judgments in Texas and Connecticut, and to avoid the need for transparency regarding the ability of Jones and Free Speech Systems to pay what they rightfully owe to their victims. ”

Federal Judge Christopher Lopez summoned all parties to a conference Friday in South Texas Bankruptcy Court. On Thursday, it was unclear how soon Lopez would rule on the Sandy Hook families’ motions or how soon the judge would rule on Jones’ three bankruptcy cases, which the judge declined to sanction at the first hearing. filed for bankruptcy last week.

For Jones, the emergency motions to dismiss his cases by the Sandy Hook families are not giving him enough time to respond, his lead attorney wrote to the judge this week.


“Here, Connecticut (the families) filed their emergency motion less than 72 hours before the time they request a hearing,” Jones attorney Kyung Lee wrote. “A hearing within the requested timeframe is not in accordance with due process.”

Lee argued last week that bankruptcy was a fitting and appropriate place for Jones, who has suffered financially since calling the 2012 massacre of 26 first-graders and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School ” staged”, “synthetic”, “fabricated”, “a giant hoax” and “completely wrong with actors”.

To date, Jones has spent $10 million in legal fees and lost $20 million in product sales due to the Texas and Connecticut libel cases, Jones’ representatives in court said. Jones himself has not filed for bankruptcy for fear it will damage his reputation in the conspiracy theory community and further damage his ability to sell products to his listeners, his reps added.

Jones proposed using the bankruptcy system to create a trust to fund libel damages. Since two of his entities seeking Chapter 11 protection have no money and the third entity has an income of only $38,000 a month, Jones offered to fund the settlement trust himself, by starting with $10 million.

Lawyers for the parents of Sandy Hook in Texas argued that the plan was “nothing more than an impermissible litigation tactic establishing the debtors’ bad faith.”

“Had these (Jones-controlled entities) really been interested in ensuring full payment of all claims, they could have allowed the state’s legal process to advance to trial, determine the total damages suffered by all victims, then file bankruptcy petitions if the assets of the judgment debtors were insufficient to satisfy the judgments,” the parents’ attorneys wrote. “Instead, Jones orchestrated a bankruptcy proceeding designed to evade any jury, minimize damages, and limit any transparency about his finances and the means to pay judgments against him and his businesses.”

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