Alex Jones appears for questioning in Sandy Hook trial

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Alex Jones was questioned Wednesday by attorneys for the families of victims in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, where a judge had ordered the Infowars host to face escalating fines until he appear for a deposition.

Relatives of some of the 20 children and six educators killed in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut massacre sued Jones for defamation after saying the shooting never happened. A judge found Jones liable for the damages and a trial over how much he should pay the families is scheduled for August.

Jones, who lives in Texas, had defied a judge’s order to appear for a deposition in the case, saying he was too ill. But Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis said there was not enough evidence Jones was too ill to attend and ordered him to come to Connecticut for questioning and pay increasing daily fines until until he does. Jones paid $25,000 in fines for Friday and $50,000 in fines for Monday, court records show.

A spokesperson for the families and their attorneys at Bridgeport-based Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder declined to comment on Wednesday’s deposition.

Jones said in a video on the Infowars website that the deposition began Tuesday and was scheduled to continue Wednesday. He said in the video that the families’ lawyers began the deposition by “demonizing” him for questioning official versions of events.

“It’s absolutely insane to sit there and watch this happen and see them lick their lips and lick their chops and think we’re finally going to stop Alex Jones,” Jones said. “These people want to put us in jail for our speech.”

Jones’ attorney Norman Pattis said tempers flared at times during Tuesday’s deposition and much of the questioning was unrelated to the school shooting.

“I got the impression watching the attack on Mr. Jones that this trial will be about something much bigger than what happened at Sandy Hook,” Pattis said on the video. “The lawsuit will be about ordinary people’s ability to say I don’t buy it, I want to raise questions, I want to come to my own conclusions.”

Jones missed the originally scheduled deposition in the case on March 23-24 in Austin, Texas. He cited a health issue, including dizziness, which his doctors initially thought was a serious heart problem but turned out to be a sinus infection.

The plaintiffs said they were harassed and threatened with death by Jones supporters because of the hoax plot promoted on his website. Jones has since acknowledged that the shooting took place.

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