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Lawyers for Sandy Hook victims allege threats from Alex Jones during tirade over child pornography

Dave Altimari, The Hartford Courant on

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- During his Infowars internet radio show last Friday, lawyers for Sandy Hook families who are suing Alex Jones say the controversial radio host threatened one of them when he discussed the presence of child pornography in emails from his program's computer server.

A Superior Court judge will hold an emergency hearing Tuesday in Bridgeport on the alleged threat. Jones appeared to threaten Chris Mattei, a lawyer for the Sandy Hook families, when he announced a $1 million reward for any information and then the conviction of the person who he said planted pornography on his company's webserver.

Late Monday, Norm Pattis, Jones's attorney, filed a motion asking Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis to issue a stay in the case while an investigation is done into whether Pattis can no longer represent Jones because of a possible conflict of interest.

"The plaintiffs allegations have raised serious issues concerning conflicts of interests in this case between the Jones defendants and undersigned counsel," Pattis wrote, adding an investigation must be conducted into whether he can no longer represent Jones.

Pattis said he has already begun one internally. The motion doesn't say whether he expects Bellis to order an independent one.

The FBI has been investigating child porn sent to Jones after lawyers for the Sandy Hook families found images turned over to them in connection with their lawsuit against Jones.


"Out of hundreds of thousands of emails they got, and they know just where to go. What a nice group of Democrats. How surprising. What nice people. Chris Mattei. Chris Mattei," Jones said, pounding a picture of Mattei with his fist. "Let's zoom in on Chris Mattei. Oh, nice little Chris Mattei. What a good American. What a good boy. You think you'll put on me, what ... I'm gonna kill ... Anyway, I'm done! Total war! You want it, you got it!" Jones said on his show.

On Monday, lawyers from Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider asked Bellis to hold an emergency hearing on Jones's threats, saying "the court has an obligation to protect the attorneys, parties, and the judicial process."

Jones is being sued by several victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre. They are alleging he and his company have profited from spreading the story that the shooting was a hoax. He has hired Connecticut lawyer Norm Pattis to represent him after Judge Barbara Bellis grew frustrated that Jones and Infowars weren't complying with simple discovery requests and threatened to sanction Jones.

The plaintiffs include the parents of four children killed at the Newtown school: Jacqueline and Mark Barden, parents of Daniel; Nicole and Ian Hockley, parents of Dylan; Francine and David Wheeler, parents of Ben; and Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman, parents of Avielle Richman. Other plaintiffs are relatives of slain first-grade teacher Victoria Leigh Soto; Erica Lafferty-Garbatini, daughter of slain Principal Dawn Hochsprung; and William Aldenberg, a longtime FBI agent and a first responder.


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