Infowars host Alex Jones paid to a Connecticut clerk the first of what may be several fines related to a disregard for a court ruling this week.
according to a Declaration of Conformity Filed in the Nutmeg Circuit of Waterbury, Jones made a $25,000 payment on Friday. That was the first of the eleven days of judges Barbara Bellis ordered Jones to pay fees for each day he failed to testify in a civil lawsuit brought by families of victims of the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre.
The relevant part of the short film Compliance Noticesigned by Jones’ attorneys Norm Pattis and Cameron Atkinsonas follows:
Pursuant to the court’s order imposing escalating fines of $25,000 per weekday beginning April 1, 2022, defendant Alex Jones hereby gives notice that he paid $25,000 to the clerk’s office by his attorney presented a check for $25,000 to the clerk on April 1, 2022.
Judge Bellis found Jones on Wednesday March 30 for contempt of court, and ordered exponential fines starting at $25,000 per day for each day of the week he was deposed by attorneys on behalf of the plaintiffs. The sanctions were due to come into effect on Friday April 1st and end on April 15th. The fines increase by $25,000 for each day of the week that Jones does not sit and speak fully and fully as directed by the judge’s order. If Jones does not speak by Monday, the second day the sanctions are in effect, the fine is $50,000. If he fails on Tuesday, the fine is $75,000 — and so on and so forth. Weekends are excluded from the calculations. If Jones sits and speaks, the money will be returned, the judge has repeatedly noted.
Pattis and Atkinson asked the judge to reconsider the sanctions; she declined. you then took the case to the Supreme State Court about a combative submission this is classically characteristic of Pattis’s style of advocacy on high-profile cases:
It would take a gift of understatement, which the signers do not possess, to convict Supreme Court Justice Barbara Bellis’ decision to punish a defendant in a civil suit and pay him a potentially $1.65 million fine -oblige Dollar to characterize as mere abuse of power a medical certificate not to participate in an interrogation. Respect for the institution of the court and the rules of professional conduct requires restraint. But this court can and should respond promptly and quickly in this appeal in the public interest. First, the defendant requests an immediate suspension of the fine regulation ordered on the afternoon of March 30, 2022 and applicable daily from April 1, 2022. Second, the defendant seeks leave to appeal in the public interest as a result of this extraordinary fine and Judge Bellis’ order, which Jones despises. Regardless of the inherent power of the courts to enforce their orders, due process, proportionality and respect for an orderly finding of fact require the waiver of this extraordinary order.
The law upon which Jones relies for the maneuver conn. Gen. Stat. Sections 52-265a, allows the state’s highest court to take matters directly from higher courts when dealing with matters of “public interest”. The statute reads as follows:
[A]Any party to a claim aggrieved by an order or decision of the Supreme Court in a claim that concerns a matter of significant public interest and where delay may cause serious injustice may appeal the order or order under this section Supreme Court within two weeks of the issuance of the order or decision. The appeal must state the legal issue on which it is based.
According to its filing, the Connecticut Supreme Court did not enter a ruling on the matter brought by Jones’ attorneys; the court simply marked the matter as “returned”.
According to court filings previously reported by Law&Crime, Jones was scheduled to be imprisoned in Texas on March 23-24. He cited health concerns about his no-show. Plaintiffs’ attorneys immediately determined that Jones was on the air when he claimed to be receiving medical treatment at home.
Plaintiffs again criticized Jones Friday for attempting to circumvent the sanctions order.
“Last week Alex Jones chose to go on the air rather than go under oath,” she said argument gone. He asked the court to pardon him by providing “evidence” and “arguments” to the court that he “couldn’t go to the interrogation because he stayed at home [medical] Supervision” that initially “deceived” the court.
“In fact, Mr. Jones was not at home under medical supervision; he was in his studio broadcasting,” the plaintiffs said continued. “Even after the court ordered Mr Jones to attend his testimony, he declined. The court rightly despised him and issued orders to bring Mr. Jones for questioning.”
Sandy Hook plaintiffs have alleged defamation and other civil torts. A trial is set to begin later this year.
Read the Certificate of Conformity and Supreme Court Intervention Request below:
[Image via screengrab from WCBS-TV.]
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