Infowars’ bankruptcy can’t let him sidestep accountability – Twin Cities

The slug named Alex Jones who founded the lie factory called Infowars desperately wants to escape accountability for his heinous words and actions.

Monday, just weeks after Jones dangled $120,000 each to Sandy Hook families who’ve won a defamation suit against him for repeatedly claiming the massacre of 20 children and six school staffers was a hoax (an offer they rightly rejected within hours), InfoWars filed for bankruptcy, claiming to have $50,000 or less in assets and between $1 million to $10 million in liabilities. Two other affiliated entities, IWHealth and Prison Planet TV, had similar sob stories.

How can the same Jones who said he was ready to pay out more than $1.5 million to plaintiffs — a transparent bid to short-circuit discovery and a trial, which are now proceeding to determine damages despite the fact that Jones has already lost the suit by default judgment — later plead poverty? That’s for Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis to sort out.

We are confident that as she does, she will recognize that Jones pointedly did not seek bankruptcy protection on behalf of himself or Free Speech Systems, both of which are also named defendants in the lawsuit, and both of which are likely to continue to hold substantial assets. When it comes time for the peddler of poison to pay up, he can’t turn three of his pockets inside out while keeping two others buttoned shut.

The quest for justice continues for those psychologically tormented by being told their children were not in fact murdered, by being labeled crisis actors for mourning, by being hounded and chased by Jones’ maniacal followers.

A month ago, Jones was refusing even to submit to a deposition; Bellis set him straight by holding him in contempt and imposing a fine of $25,000 a day for each day he refused to comply. April 5 and 6, after being dunned 50 grand, Jones finally sat for lawyers — and got his penalty money back.

Limited bankruptcy protection? Perhaps. Immunity from consequences? Hell no.

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