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Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims win legal victory in lawsuit against InfoWars, Alex Jones

first_imgDrew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Six families of victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School won a legal victory Friday in their fight against controversial radio and internet personality Alex Jones.A judge in Connecticut has granted the families’ discovery requests, allowing them access to, among other things, InfoWars’ internal marketing and financial documents.The judge has scheduled a hearing next week to decide whether to allow the plaintiffs’ attorneys to depose Jones.The families sued Jones and InfoWars for defamation and accused him of perpetuating a “monstrous, unspeakable lie: that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged and that the families who lost loved ones that day are actors who faked their relatives’ deaths.”Jones has sought to dismiss the lawsuit. “Plaintiffs suffered a horrible tragedy,” his defense attorney, Jay M. Wolman, wrote in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. “Alex Jones and InfoWars are not responsible for this tragedy. To punish them for First Amendment protected speech on this matter of public concern will not bring back the lives lost.”Jones’ lawyer did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.The judge’s ruling on discovery gives the plaintiffs access to any communication Jones had about the Newtown massacre and to documents that could point to the inner workings of InfoWars.The plaintiffs — families of four children and two educators killed in the December 2012 shooting — have said the “deeply painful” lies they’ve accused Jones of pushing have caused them to endure “malicious and cruel abuse” as well as harassment and death threats on social media.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

WLAX : Syracuse enters NCAA tournament as No. 4 seed, will host Dartmouth in 1st round

first_img Published on May 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Despite a 16-3 record, a Big East regular season championship and being ranked No. 2 in the nation for much of the season, Syracuse earned just the No. 4 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament with an at-large bid.Florida, Northwestern and Maryland are the tournament’s one, two and three seeds, respectively. The Orange beat both the Gators and Terrapins on the road during a 15-game winning streak this season and lost to the Wildcats in the third game of the regular season.SU will open the tournament Sunday at 4 p.m. with a rematch against Dartmouth in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse blew out the Big Green 22-4 on April 9 in the Dome behind four goals from attack Alyssa Murray, and fellow attack Michelle Tumolo finished with a career-high eight points.The Orange appeared to be on track for a top-two seed heading into the Big East tournament, but a 13-7 loss to Loyola (Md.) on Saturday coupled with a 14-7 victory by Florida over Northwestern caused SU to fall to the No. 4 seed.Maryland captured the ACC championship with a 14-10 victory over North Carolina in Durham, N.C on April 23 before beating Georgetown 19-10 on April 25 in College Park, Md. to help the Terrapins leapfrog Syracuse for the No. 3 seed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShould the Orange defeat Dartmouth, SU would host the winner of the game between No. 5 seed North Carolina and Navy the following weekend.One more victory after that would send Syracuse to the Final Four for the second time in three years after missing the NCAA tournament last [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more