Proud Boy License Suspended Due to Sandy Hook Data Leak

Proud Boy License Suspended Due to Sandy Hook Data Leak

Proud Boy License Suspended Due to Sandy Hook Data Leak

  • Norm Pattis, a lawyer in the Proud Boys mutiny trial, had his driver’s license suspended for six months.
  • Pattis inadvertently handed over files related to Alex Jones’ finances to the opposing party’s attorney.
  • Pattis is expected to ask the judge for permission to defend Proud Boy Joseph Biggs at trial next week.

Norm Pattis, an attorney who represented Alex Jones during his Connecticut libel trial over the summer, was suspended by a judge for six months from practicing law for accidentally disclosing a Sandy Hook-related cell phone and medical records.

Pattis remains on the legal team of Joseph Biggs, one of five Proud Boys currently on trial in federal court in Washington, D.C. on seditious conspiracy claims, according to two sources familiar with his situation but not allowed to be named.

But at least for now, he will only be able to serve as Biggs’ paralegal, meaning he won’t be able to directly address the judge, jurors or witnesses during the trial, the sources say.

Pattis is expected to ask the trial judge on Monday for permission to assume a larger role representing his client, one source said. Jury selection in the high-profile case is expected to conclude on Monday, with opening speeches scheduled for Tuesday.

In August, Pattis accidentally sent the opposing party’s attorney a digital file containing the contents of Jones’ mobile phone and the medical records of Sandy Hook’s parents. The parents successfully sued a far-right conspiracy theorist for defamation and were in the process of suing for damages.

“We cannot expect our justice system or our attorneys to be perfect, but we can expect fundamental honesty and decency,” Judge Barbara Bellis, who sat on the Connecticut trial, wrote in her decision to suspend Pattis’s license. “There was no fairness or decency in the treatment of the plaintiffs’ most sensitive and personal details, nor was there any excuse for the defendant’s misconduct.”

Pattis argued that the dissemination of the information was an accident, but Bellis rejected his claim, noting that the attorney had been a member of the state bar for 30 years.

“Simply put, given his experience, there is no acceptable excuse for his misconduct,” she wrote.

Biggs is on trial alongside Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, former national chairman of the far-right group Proud Boys.

On Friday morning, Pattis’ legal license was listed as “active” in federal court in Washington.

The lawyer took to Twitter early Friday morning, posting vague references to Thursday’s suspension.

“I edited my profile this morning,” he wrote. “Deleted Lawyer”.

He later posted more, responding to tweets from his supporters asking if it would affect the Washington trial.

“On Monday we will choose the Proud Boys jury,” he later wrote.

Correction: January 9, 2023 “An earlier version of the story misspelled the defendant. It’s about Joseph Biggs, not Jason Biggs.

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