Alex Jones Attorney Suspended For Leaking Infowars Texts, Plaintiffs’ Sandy Hook Case Information

Alex Jones Attorney Suspended For Leaking Infowars Texts, Plaintiffs’ Sandy Hook Case Information

Alex Jones Attorney Suspended For Leaking Infowars Texts, Plaintiffs’ Sandy Hook Case Information

A lawyer who represented right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in his libel lawsuits has been suspended from practicing law after he improperly released court records relating to the case.

Mr. Jones’s attorney, Norm Pattis, released two years of his client’s text messages, the Sandy Hook families’ medical records and other confidential items discovered during the trial, Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis wrote in a court order.

“At a basic level, attorneys must competently and appropriately handle the discovery of sensitive material in civil cases,” she wrote. “Otherwise, our civil system, where the discovery of confidential information is habit and routine, would simply collapse.”

According to CNN, Mr. Pattis’ license will be suspended for six months.

The lawyer claimed the release of the documents was an “inadvertent mistake”, but Ms Bellis wrote that she “emphatically rejected” this claim.

She went on to say that Mr Pattis “did not even provide the minimum required attention and care when it came to handling plaintiffs’ sensitive discovery materials.”

“We cannot expect our justice system or our attorneys to be perfect, but we can expect fundamental honesty and decency,” she wrote. “There was no fairness or decency in the treatment of the most sensitive and personal reasons given, and there was no excuse for [Mr Pattis’] misconduct.”

In early August, Mr. Jones’s defense team sent Mark Bankston, a lawyer representing the parents of a 6-year-old boy who died in the Sandy Hook shooting, confidential documents, including two years of Mr. Jones’s text messages.

In a revealing moment in the trial, Bankston announced that he had received all the documents, claiming to have caught Mr. Jones in a lie.

“That’s why I know you lied to me about not having text messages about Sandy Hook,” he said during the trial. “Did you know about it?”

According to CNN, despite his suspension, Pattis is working with the legal team defending Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs in a subversive conspiracy trial in Washington.

Mr Pattis alerted the judge in the case of his suspension and said he planned to appeal the court’s ruling. According to CNN, he said he would continue to represent Mr. Biggs.

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