Monday, September 25

Alex Jones’ escalating $25K fine starts Friday; judge denies motion to lift sanction while he appeals

NEWTOWN — A fine that can escalate into six figures within days began on Friday for the embattled Infowars host Alex Jones after a Connecticut judge overseeing the defamation case he lost to eight Sandy Hook families denied his request to lift the sanction while he appeals.

State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis said the escalating $25,000 daily fine in response to Jones defying her orders to answer questions under oath last week would stand, even though Jones said in court papers that he would sit for two days of depositions starting April 11.

If Jones does travel to Connecticut to answer pretrial questions in the Bridgeport offices of the families’ attorneys, he can apply to the court for a refund, Bellis said.

“[S]hould Mr. Jones choose to purge the contempt, as this motion suggests may be the case, he can move the court to return the funds,” Bellis wrote in a 100-word order on Friday.

If Jones holds to that schedule, his running fine total as of April 11 would be $525,000.

Norm Pattis, the New Haven attorney representing Jones in his Connecticut defamation case, would not comment directly on Bellis’ ruling.

“We will turn to the appellate courts for relief,” Pattis said.

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