Extremist Alex Jones shakes up attorneys in defamation lawsuits
NEWTOWN — High-profile extremist Alex Jones is having problems with the lawyers defending defamation suits brought against him by families that lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook massacre.
Jones, a Texas-based host of an internet broadcast,is facing lawsuits here and in his home state after he was accused of calling the 2012 massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook School “staged,” “synthetic,” “manufactured,” “a giant hoax” and “completely fake with actors,” with “inside job written all over it.”
In Connecticut Superior Court last week, after attorney Norm Pattis dropped Jones’ case, Jones tried unsuccessfully for a second time to be represented by Las Vegas-based attorney Marc Randazza, who has been disciplined by the Supreme Court in Nevada for misconduct.
“[T]he discipline arose from a specific circumstance where I represented a company as in-house counsel, along with its sister entity,” Randazza wrote in a July 3 memo to Connecticut Superior Court. “Those circumstances will not repeat themselves as I am not in-house counsel for any of my clients and I now recognize where I misunderstood my ethical obligations.
For the second time in two years, Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis said “no.”
“In light of the applicant’s recent, serious disciplinary history, the court, even having considered the current circumstances as set forth in the new application and affidavits, declines to extend the privilege,” Bellis ruled on July 7.
That means Jones is back to being represented by Jay Wolman, who works as a counsel in Randazza’s office, and who represented Jones before Pattis took Jones’ case in 2019.