After losing multiple court battles in his fight against those who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook
school shooting, conspiracy
theorist Alex Jones
has adopted a new legal strategy: blaming Hillary Clinton
A lawyer for Jones asked a Connecticut
court on Thursday to begin the process of issuing a subpoena to obtain records and testimony from the former secretary of state
presidential nominee, claiming falsely that it was she who organized the multiple families now suing Jones for defamation
in connection with the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.
“The defendants in this case believe that this suit was filed six years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings
as part of a vendetta inspired, orchestrated, and directed in whole or in part by Hillary Clinton as part of a vendetta to silence Alex Jones after Ms. Clinton lost the presidential race to Donald J. Trump
,” the court filing states
The latest motion from Jones' legal team is part of a defamation case brought against Jones by Erica Lafferty, whose mother was the principal
at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and was killed in the 2012 shooting that killed 20 children
and six adults. Jones is currently being sued by nine families after he repeatedly used his Infowars
platform to allege the massacre was staged.
Jones is represented by attorney Norman Pattis in the case against Lafferty. In the court filing, Pattis argued that Clinton should be deposed because Lafferty spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, where she endorsed Clinton and called for stricter gun control
. Pattis also stated that he wants to question Clinton about her relationship with Lafferty to determine "what role, if any, Ms. Clinton or those she represents played in the case."
While Connecticut law firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder is representing several Sandy Hook families, including Lafferty, in defamation lawsuits against Jones, it is not the only firm doing so; Texas
law firm Farrar & Ball is also representing multiple Sandy Hook families in defamation lawsuits against Jones, though Pattis did not acknowledge this in the court filing.
Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder attorney Chris Mattei said he would respond to the latest court filing with one of his own.
“We are looking forward to responding in Court to Mr. Jones’ latest attempted distraction,” Mattei said in a statement to Stardia.
Farrar & Ball attorney Mark Bankston, who represents several Sandy Hook parents in Texas, mocked the most recent Connecticut filing.
“A lot of people
will laugh at this, but it’s just good lawyering,” Bankston joked to Stardia, “I have a subpoena for Elvis Presley’s estate and a document request relating to the Bermuda Triangle.”
“Obviously, I'm not being serious,” he continued, adding that "nothing about this deserves to be taken seriously."
Jones hired Pattis in 2019 after firing his previous lawyer, and it's been a downward spiral for the conspiracy theorist ever since. Jones has lost multiple court battles with the Sandy Hook families, and in 2020 was ordered to pay nearly $150,000 in legal fees for his failed appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court
refused to hear Jones and Pattis' appeal in April
Prior to representing Jones, Pattis made headlines in 2018 when he posted a photo on his Facebook
page of three beer cans with white hoods encircling a brown beer bottle
with a hanging neck.
The caption read, “Ku Klux Coors,” and he deleted the image, but defended the post by railing against the “PC cops” who “disgust me.”
While the latest filing is ridiculous, Jones' obsession with Clinton is not surprising. He has called her a "demon" and helped ignite the dangerous "Pizzagate" conspiracy, which falsely claimed Clinton was running a child sex
ring in the basement of a pizza parlor. None of it was true, including the claim that the referenced pizza parlor had a basement.