After The Gambit’s Implosion Of Bankruptcy, Alex Jones Is Back In State Court And Facing New Sanctions Demands

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Last week, Alex Jones’ attorneys walked out of Texas bankruptcy court, practically wailing and tearing their clothes off at the injustice of it all. How dare the US administrator suggest that declaring three worthless shell companies bankrupt and sending Sandy Hook’s tort cases to federal court on the eve of trial was a cynical ploy to evade justice?

Of course, the only creditors listed were the 21 tort plaintiffs, and Jones was only offering to fund the proposed “Litigation Settlement Trust” if they agreed to accept a paltry $10 million in full payment. Nonetheless, Jones’ attorney indignantly insisted that the bankruptcy was a legitimate business exercise, “not contemplating any third-party releases” and not designed to “deprive the plaintiffs of their rights to a jury trial”.

After the tort plaintiffs failed to sue the LLCs, the Texas and Connecticut cases were sent to state court. At that point, Jones found himself before the same irate trial judges who had previously issued default judgments against him for refusing to comply with the discovery, and who were, presumably, unimpressed with see their calendars turned upside down by Jones. bet on bankruptcy.

Jones immediately made matters worse, if such a thing is possible, by deciding to withdraw his lawyers and postpone the September trial date until he could find a new lawyer.

“We have not had direct communication with our client in over a month,” attorney Cameron Atkinson told Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, just three months after testifying in open court. that his client was too ill to be deposed, only to have opposing counsel open his laptop to reveal that Jones was at that precise moment in the studio airing his Infowars show.

In a movement filed yesterday, Jones’ attorney offered a new rationale for postponing the Connecticut trial, which is due for jury selection on August 2, with the trial scheduled to begin September 6.

“Defendants are asking that Connecticut jury selection and trial delays be maintained so that Mr. Jones and Free Speech Systems, LLC, can appear in Texas to defend themselves without having to simultaneously appear in Connecticut to defend against the Connecticut action, an outcome that is, quite simply, physically impossible,” they wrote, giving a July 25 trial date for the Texas Sandy Hook plaintiffs and a September 19 date for a libel suit by a plaintiff Jones falsely accused of being the Parkland school shooter. (He is moving.)

“Defendants request that jury selection begin no earlier than October 17, 2022 and that evidence in this case begin no earlier than November 1, 2022,” they continued, adding an additional request that the show cause hearing of next week on the lawyers’ motion to withdraw be postponed to accommodate Jones’ vacation plans.

Cue the Jaws Theme.

The status conference will continue as scheduled on June 15, 2022. The motion to withdraw from appearance will be heard on June 22, 2022, as requested. As for the continuation of the trial, the current dates for jury and evidence selection have been firmly set since August 5, 2021, and the court has made it clear that the trial will proceed as scheduled. Since the Texas courts have recently assigned new trial dates that conflict with this long-standing date, nothing prevents plaintiffs from filing continuation motions in Texas cases and attaching a copy of this arrangement.

But wait, there’s more! There’s always some with this guy.

Connecticut Plaintiffs Dropped An Absolutely Furious Complaint On Tuesday request for sanctions for deletion in bad faith demanding compensation for fees and costs associated with having to attend bankruptcy courtrooms in Texas and Connecticut and sending cases to state court.

Alex Jones’ abuse of process literally knows no bounds – not content with wasting this Court’s time and ignoring this Court’s decisions, Jones has extended his bad faith abuse of process to bankruptcy, both in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Thanks to the extreme efforts of the plaintiffs, this abuse has come to an end. It is incumbent upon this Court to impose sanctions on Mr. Jones for this continued misconduct.

The motion relies heavily on documents filed by the U.S. trustee in Texas calling the bankruptcies a deception of bad faith, as well as deposition testimony that the three allegedly bankrupt companies do little or no business. , are virtually worthless and wholly owned by Jones himself.

“The removal of this action based on these rotten bankruptcy filings was also in bad faith,” they say, demanding to be compensated for their efforts to put their case back on track.

Could things get crazier?

That’s good is Alex Jones we’re talking about. The answer is therefore undoubtedly “yes”.

Lafferty v. Jones [Docket]

Dye Liz lives in Baltimore where she writes on law and politics.

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