On March 30th, a Connecticut judge found Infowars host Alex Jones in contempt of court for failing to appear for a deposition in a defamation suit brought by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims.
Jones has been sued by several families over his claims that the Sandy Hook shootings were a “giant hoax” and had been staged by the government to undermine the Second Amendment.
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Judge Barbara Bellis set a fine schedule beginning on April 1st for $25,000 for each workday that Jones fails to show up for his deposition.
On March 31st, Jones’s lawyer asked for a stay on the fines, claiming that Jones had a medical condition that prevented him from appearing for the deposition. “Mr. Jones’ doctors thought his conditions were serious enough to require emergency medical care and that they rendered precautionary advice that included a recommendation that he go to the emergency room immediately,” said Jones’ lawyer, Cameron Atkinson.
According to NBC News, the nature of his medical issue wasn’t disclosed, and Jones didn’t go to the hospital for treatment.
Bellis told Atkinson that Jones could request to have his fines refunded after he sits for the deposition.