Bankruptcy

Justice Department and Sandy Hook Families Question Infowars Bankruptcy

The US Justice Department’s Office of the Trustee told Judge Christopher Lopez that the structure of Jones’ case “may demonstrate that these cases constitute an abuse of the bankruptcy system.” The government submission asked why Jones did not file for personal bankruptcy and why another company he controls, Free Speech Systems, was not included in the filings earlier this week.

“Why didn’t Alex Jones or FSS file for bankruptcy when Debtors did? They are both defendants in the same litigation as Debtors, and all have been found liable in those cases” , wrote lawyers Jayson Ruff and Ha Nguyen for the Department of Justice unit. “It appears that Jones intends to take advantage of the bankruptcy filings of his holding companies to extend the automatic stays of ongoing litigation against him and FSS, while retaining full control of FSS and its assets going forward.So this motion…seems to be only the first step for the Debtors to implement Jones and FSS’s plan to avoid the burden of bankruptcy while reaping its benefits.

Lawyers for the Sandy Hook families have made similar arguments that Jones is making an “illegitimate” attempt to dodge or delay the financial consequences of his misrepresentations regarding the 2012 attack.

“What Jones and his affiliates want to avoid is the wisdom of juries that would have liquidated his liability and that of his affiliates,” the families’ attorneys wrote.

A lawyer for Jones’ companies did not immediately respond to a request for comment on moves to delay Friday’s hearing or allegations that Jones is unfairly manipulating the bankruptcy system.

The bankruptcy declaration also comes as Jones began offering himself to the Justice Department to testify to his knowledge of the events leading up to the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.