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Testify or pay, judge tells Alex Jones in Sandy Hook costume

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has subpoenaed Mr. Jones, who echoed Mr. Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen, and is reviewing his role in organizing “Stop the Steal” events.

Late Tuesday, lawyers for Mr. Jones filed an “offer in compromise” in Connecticut, offering to pay the Sandy Hook plaintiffs a settlement of $120,000 each. “Mr. Jones sincerely apologizes for any distress caused by his remarks,” they said.

The families quickly rejected the proposal. “The so-called offer is a transparent and desperate attempt by Alex Jones to evade public trial under oath with his deceptive for-profit campaign against plaintiffs and the memory of loved ones lost in Sandy Hook,” they said. in a statement.

The families in the Texas cases, in which Mr Jones was deposed, also say they are looking forward to their day in court.

“I can’t wait to watch him in a courtroom, to remind him of how he threw salt into my wound,” Lenny Pozner, whose son Noah died in Sandy Hook, said in an interview. Mr. Pozner and his nonprofit, the HONR Network, have led efforts to hold Mr. Jones accountable for his lies about the shooting. “He was hanged by his own actions,” Mr. Pozner added.

Chris Mattei, an attorney with the families’ legal team in Connecticut, would depose Mr. Jones. Mattei said the attorneys also plan to depose Rob Dew, a top Jones lieutenant, and complete the questioning of several Infowars representatives. Mr Jones’ father, David Jones, who funded his son’s business when it was founded and is deeply involved in selling its products, has so far evaded a subpoena seeking his deposition, said Mr Mattei.

Of the many maneuvers by Mr Jones in the run-up to the trial, Mr Mattei said the most egregious were “his fabrication and concealment of financial records” and his failure to produce comprehensive traffic data to the website from Infowars.

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