The lawsuit accuses Jones of orchestrating a sustained attack that lasted for years, accusing family members of being actors, stating as fact that the shooting was a hoax and inciting others to act on those claims all because it was good for his ratings, drew advertisers and made him money.
The lawyers have been fighting about access to Jones data regarding marketing and other metrics for the show. The families allege that Jones profited off of claiming the shooting was a hoax. Jones has since publicly said he believes that the Sandy Hook School shooting did happen.
Adam Lanza killed 26 people, including 20 first graders after he shot his way into the school on Dec. 14, 2012.
The Jones group turned over millions of emails without vetting them. Some of those contained child pornography.
"The plaintiffs' Electronically Stored Information (ESI) consultants began loading files into a document review database in an effort to make them reviewable by counsel as quickly as possible. During that process, the consultants identified an image that appeared to be child pornography," William Bloss, a lawyer for the Sandy Hook families, wrote.
"They immediately contacted counsel, who immediately contacted the FBI. The FBI directed counsel to give control of the entire document production to the FBI, which was done. The FBI advised counsel that its review located numerous additional illegal images, which had apparently been sent to Infowars email addresses," Bloss said.
Bloss added if the Jones defendants had engaged in even minimal due diligence and actually reviewed the materials before production, they would have found the images themselves.
Pattis appeared on Jones' show late Friday afternoon to discuss the incident. Pattis said the FBI has informed him and Jones that they know the child pornography was sent to them by unknown parties. But before he did Jones went on a five-minute, profanity-laced rant about "someone setting him up" and then announced the reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of whoever infiltrated the his company's servers.
"These were emails that if you, me or one of your workers had opened we would have been subjected to five years in federal prison," Pattis said.
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