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Attorney For Alex Jones Wants Sandy Hook Victims' Families Information Made Public

August 09, 2018 - 3:42 pm

AUSTIN, Texas (WCBS 880/AP) -- The attorney of right-wing talk show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who claims the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, is now seeking to make the victims’ parents’ personal information public.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported Thursday, Jones’ attorney, Mark Enoch, wants to have a defamation case against Infowars thrown out if the parents of elementary school massacre victim Noah Pozner, 6, do not provide their dates of birth and addresses.

He cites a Texas law requiring them to provide personal information.

In new court filings obtained by the Huffington Post, the parents said past threats from Jones’ followers required them to buy motion detectors for their homes and a privacy protection plan for their computers.

Their lawyer, Mark Bankston, is demanding the objection be withdrawn, saying Jones and his attorney are using an old and outdated law to intimidate the Sandy Hook victims’ families, and adding, “It’s just sick.”

Twenty-six people, including 20 first-graders, were killed when Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire in the school in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012.

Noah’s parents and the father of Jesse Lewis filed the lawsuit in Texas, where Jones’ InfoWars company is based.

They each want $1 million.

They point out that no, there was no ChromaKey screen that helped photographers fake the scenes; no, there are no actors involved and never were; and yes, their 6-year-olds are gone forever.

Meanwhile earlier this week, Facebook took down four pages belonging to Jones, including two featuring his "Infowars" show, for violating its hate speech and bullying policies. Apple, YouTube, and Spotify also removed material published by Jones. Twitter, which hasn't banned Jones, has also faced similar calls.

Facebook has also suspended Jones' account for 30 days because he repeatedly violated the company's community standards against hate speech that "attacks or dehumanizes others," it said in a statement Monday. Facebook did not immediately respond Monday asking what would happen after the 30 days are up, and why it hadn't taken action earlier. The 30-day suspension of Jones himself appears to have gone into effect in late July.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)