Six families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting won a legal victory over Alex Jones and InfoWars on Friday. Families of four children and two educators killed in the shooting have sued Jones and InfoWars for defamation and accused the conspiracy theorist 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.” A judge in Connecticut granted the families’ discovery requests on Friday, which gives them access to InfoWars’ internal marketing and financial documents, ABC News reports.
The judge’s ruling allows the plaintiffs access to any communications Jones had about the 2012 massacre, and to documents that could point to the inner workings of InfoWars. Jones has sought to dismiss the lawsuit. “Alex Jones and InfoWars are not responsible for this tragedy,” defense attorney Jay M. Wolman wrote in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. “To punish them for First Amendment protected speech on this matter of public concern will not bring back the lives lost.” The families have said the “deeply painful” lies Jones perpetuated have caused them to endure “malicious and cruel abuse” as well as harassment and death threats on social media.